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.
“Being HeadSmart” School Presentations
The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah provides on-site education about brain injuries and concussion prevention at the elementary and middle school levels. This is a fun, 30-minute, interactive presentation which we adjust according to group age and size.
If you would like to schedule a presentation for your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Being HeadSmart” was partially supported by the Utah Traumatic Brain Injury Implementation Partnership Grant # 6H21MC17233 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCH) of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the MCH Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
Childhood TBI Tools
- Directory of resources (for families of child TBI survivors & professionals)
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Ages 0-4 (PowerPoint training for professionals)
Click here to view a dramatic prevention video produced by the Brain Injury Association of America (hosted by YouTube).
Sports Concussion Tool Kit for Coaches
Directions for acquiring a free concussion toolkit from the CDC.