Learn to Prevent & Recognize Concussions
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions—a type of traumatic brain injury—to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The "Heads Up" initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.
CDC wants to equip coaches, parents, and young athletes across the country with the "Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports" tool kit, which contains a:
- Fact sheet for coaches on concussion
- Fact sheet for athletes on concussion
- Fact sheet for parents on concussion
- Clipboard with concussion facts for coaches
- Magnet with concussion facts for coaches and parents
- Poster with concussion facts for coaches and sports administrators
- Quiz for coaches, athletes, and parents to test their concussion knowledge
- Concussion in Sports
- Watch a Video
- NFL PSA on Concussion Safety [VIDEO - 0:30 seconds]
- Keeping Quiet Can Keep You Out of the Game [VIDEO - 2:00 minutes]
This video tells one young woman's story of sustaining two concussions within a short period of time. Concussion is a serious injury. Athletes, if you think you've had a concussion, don't hide it, report it, and take time to recover.
- Keeping Quiet Can Keep You Out of the Game…A Mother's Story [VIDEO - 2:00 minutes]
All moms and dads should learn about concussion. In this video, a mom tells her story and wants all parents to know that if they think their child has a concussion, take them out of play and seek the advice of a health care professional.
- Listen to a Radio PSA
- Listen to a podcast
- Send a Health-e-Card
- Tool Kit on Concussion for High School Coaches
- Tool Kit on Concussion for Physicians
- Nonfatal Traumatic Brain Injuries from Sports and Recreation Activities — United States, 2001–2005 (MMWR, July 27, 2007)
- Traumatic Brain Injuries Related to Sports and Recreation Activities Among Persons Aged ≤19 Years — United States, 2001–2009
- FREE online training for health care professionals
- FREE online training for coaches
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- Page last reviewed: May 21, 2012 (archived document)
- Content source:
- Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
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