HeadSmart – Prevention for School Communities
Concussions don’t only happen to athletes on the playing field. Any one of your students could take a spill, knock his/her head, and get a concussion in any number of school settings ranging from the hallway, the playground, the cafeteria, and beyond.
We help educate and prepare your kids to be safe. Let us help your school be HeadSmart!
School Presentations • Bicycle Helmets •
Sports Concussion Tool Kit
Know Your Concussion ABCs
A—Assess the situation • B—Be alert for signs and symptoms • C—Contact a health care professional
Helmet Safety Video: Click here to view a humorous look at the world of helmets
Sports Concussion Card: Facts About Concussions and Brain Injury (pdf)
The Dangers of Outdoor Activities
It is very important to educate children on how to play safely to avoid getting hurt. Protecting a child from harm is the wish of every parent. Children learn by listening and watching. Parents, remember to lead by example.
Why a child’s brain needs protection
When a child’s brain is injured, it does not heal like a broken bone, torn muscle or skin. Unlike broken bones that mend, or cut or scraped skin that grows again, the brain cannot repair itself. It cannot grow new brain cells, called neurons, once they are damaged.
The brain of a child continues to develop through the teenage years, so it is important to protect it from an injury. But children do not always recognize dangers and risks. They need to be taught about safety by their parents, teachers and doctors.
The brain is like a master computer for a child’s body. It controls thinking, learning, language and memory. A child’s ability to move, breathe, see, speak, hear and feel is also controlled by the brain because it sends signals to other parts of the body. It even affects a child’s emotions and personality. Protecting a child’s brain from an injury may be the most important thing that you can do.