Concussions: What You Need to Know
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Although the chart above is for all ages, children are impacted by all of these causes. More than one in three children who play team sports are injured seriously enough to miss practices or games, and some suffer life-long consequences, according to Safe Kids USA. While cuts and bruises may heal rather quickly, concussions can require weeks and even years for recovery. Concussions can happen to children in many activities so knowing how to identify and prevent them is important.
Concussions – What You Need to Know is a webinar created by two knowledgeable Safe Kids Oregon partners. It was presented on December 10, 2012 and the presentation is now available for viewing. This webinar was developed by:
Kayt Zundel, MPA, MS - OHSU Think First Oregon and Safe Kids Oregon Advisory Board
Andrew Traut MS, ATC – The Center Foundation and Safe Kids Central Oregon
The webinar will help you learn more about what YOU can do:
- Knowing the signs of concussion
- Raising awareness in your organization, community or school
- Educating kids and teens to take hits to the head seriously
- Wearing safety helmets
- Providing CDC concussion kits to your coach or school
- Providing concussion training to parents and kids
Free Online Training
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers the following free online training - Heads Up Online Concussion Training. This is great training for nurses, doctors, teachers, coaches, parents and teens. Select one of the links below to find out more about this training:
Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.
Heads Up to Clinicians: Addressing Concussion in Sports among Kids and Teens is a free, online course, developed by CDC through support from the CDC Foundation and the National Football League, available to health care professionals. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics, and case studies and provides an overview of what you, as a health care professional, need to know about concussion among young athletes.
Fact sheets and more information on concussion prevention can be found on the Falls Prevention & School Sports pages on this website.
Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health. Click here for information on other Injury Areas.