CDC works to get HEADS UP concussion materials into the hands of many people, such as parents, health care and school professionals, coaches, and athletes. And now we need your help to reach out to your community. You can make a big difference in educating your community about concussion and keeping kids and teens safe from this injury.
Below are some ideas to get you started, ranging from small activities to larger-scale efforts.
Get Your Community Involved
- Customize and Distribute Materials
Customize HEADS UP resources for your school or league to distribute.
- School Meetings
Show videos and distribute HEADS UP concussion materials at your school’s orientation and PTA meetings.
- Registration Packet Materials
Work with schools and leagues to include HEADS UP materials in sports registration or back-to-school packets.
- Web Sites
Post links to CDC’s HEADS UP materials and online trainings, as well as other free resources, on your child or teen’s school or leagues web site.
- Blogs, Newsletters and Publications
Include concussion education messages and links to materials in blogs, newsletters, and publications.
- School Meetings
- Spread the Word on Social Media
Like the HEADS UP Facebook page and send educational messages on concussion safety though your social media channels, like Facebook and Twitter.
- Check with Your School/League
Ensure your child or teen’s school or league has a concussion management and return-to-play action plan in place.
Create Your Own HEADS UP Program
Work with CDC to create a HEADS UP (state/city) campaign. This can include:
- Create a Custom Logo
Adapting the HEADS UP logo for your city and state.
- Partner to Educate
Partnering with professional sports teams, schools and colleges, and youth leagues to host educational trainings on concussion for other parents, coaches and athletes. As part of this, you can:
- Air HEADS UP public service announcements (PSAs) at local games/events.
- Create a HEADS UP game night and distribute free concussion resources to attendees.
- Host a HEADS UP logo-design contest or a short video contest to give kids and teens the opportunity to educate other young athletes about this issue.
Media Outreach Activities
- Create Concussion PSAs
Partner with local online, print, radio, and TV journalists and producers to create and air educational PSAs on concussion.
- Host Twitter/Facebook Chats
Connect with concussion experts in your community and host a live chat through Twitter or Facebook.
- Educate Media
Educate your media contacts, and work with them to include concussion prevention and safety tips in community media outlets and at media events.