Safe Kids Week Features Concussion Prevention and Sports Safety.

 (And, don’t forget next week’s webinar)

ThinkFirst Oregon Hosts Outreach Events To Help Kids Play Safely

Safe Kids Week is April 21-28. Each year, more than 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for sports injuries—most of which are preventable. ThinkFirst Oregon is helping us celebrate our theme of sports safety by providing free concussion prevention training to schools, parents, coaches, and athletes to educate and empower them with critical and practical tips to keep young athletes free from injury.

“Oregon law requires coaches of public school athletic teams to receive annual training on concussions. This includes training coaches to recognize symptoms of concussions and how to refer athletes—suspected of having concussions—to seek proper medical treatment,” says ThinkFirst Program Director Kayt Zundel. “Our goal is to equip coaches, parents, and athletes with the critical information and resources to keep youth out of the emergency room. Parents and coaches play a major role in protecting kids.”

For more information on how to schedule a sports safety clinic or information on sports injury prevention in general, please contact Kayt Zundel at (503) 494-5353 or


Safe Kids USA also offers these important C-O-A-C-H-E-S tips for coaches, parents, and league organizers to prevent sports-related injuries:


Condition with a good warm up before practices and games. Start with about 10 minutes of jogging, jumping jacks or anything that brings the heart rate up gradually. Then stretch all major muscle groups, holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds.

Overuse Injury Prevention.  Overuse injuries can be reduced by making sure kids get rest breaks. In addition to rest during practices and games, kids should have at least one to two days off from sports each week, and ten consecutive weeks of rest from any given sport every year.

Advance Planning can help coaches be prepared for emergencies. Make sure kids get pre-participation physicals from their doctor. Store parents’ contact information in the coach’s phone, have a first aid kit handy and have a plan in place for any medical emergencies.

Concussion Awareness.  Concussions are serious, but are sometimes hard to recognize when they happen. A player with a suspected concussion must be sidelined until checked by a medical professional. A good rule of thumb: When in doubt, sit them out.

Hydrating before, during and after practices and games is essential. Make sure athletes drink water 30 minutes before the activity begins and every 15-20 minutes during activity. Don’t wait for kids to tell you they are thirsty. Making regular hydration breaks a habit is smart coaching.

Equipment can do a lot to keep kids safe, but only if it is in good condition, fitted properly and worn for every practice and every game.

Safety Training is easier to get than you might think. Safe Kids Worldwide offers free Sports Safety Tip Sheets for both parents and coaches in Spanish and English. You can find concussion guides and fact sheets at  


Also… get a free smart phone app!  With the generous support of the MetLife Foundation, Safe Kids USA is giving away 3,000 smartphone apps on Facebook!  This is a great tool that will help parents and coaches recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Check out our giveaway on Facebook and share with your community! For any questions, please email Katherine at


Childhood Injury Prevention Webinar

Thursday, April 26, 2012

12-12:30 PM       Drowning Prevention – Lucie Drum, BS, EMT-P

Community Education/Injury Prevention Specialist

American Medical Response


12:30- 1 PM        Child Passenger Safety – Matthew Geraths, MA

Outreach Coordinator

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Safety Center


Please mark your calendar and spread the word!


Webinar Log-in Instructions:

  • Prior to the webinar, click on this link –
  • Select “Enter as a Guest” button.  Type your name/organization in the box and click “Enter Room.”
  • Once logged in, a box will come up – click on call my phone.  Enter your telephone number in the pop-up box and dial.
  • If you are unable to receive calls directly to your phone, please let Shellye Dant know immediately and she will provide you with a call-in number.


If you have never attended a Connect Pro meeting before:


If you are unable to attend the webinar, it will be available for download at the Safe Kids Oregon website after May 1st at

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