The very nature of head injuries is unpredictability, making absolute prevention impossible. A car accident, fall or hit can occur at any moment, anywhere, potentially leading to a concussion. Precautions exist to minimize the risks and keep the brain as safe as possible
Wear your seatbelt: Whether you’re the driver or passenger, buckling your seatbelt is an absolute must for safety. Not only can this prevent an injury to the head, it can keep you and the other people in the vehicle safe.
Use the right car seat: Similar to wearing your seatbelt, make sure your child fits in the car seat or booster to minimalize risk of concussion
Don’t drink and drive: An impaired driver is a dangerous one! Driving while under the influence puts everyone sharing the road at risk for a car accident and potentially a mild TBI
Wear the correct protective gear: Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, motorcycle, horse or skateboard; playing contact sports; playing baseball or softball; skiing or snowboarding. The correct protective gear that is in good condition and fits properly can keep the head and body safer from violent impacts.
Stay active and exercise regularly: Strengthening your leg muscles and core can improve balance and help reduce the risk of falling, especially in the elderly.
Keep your home safe: Slips and falls may happen in the home, so it’s essential to make sure everything is well-lit and no objects are on the floor. Use window guards and stairway blocks to keep children safe.
Be educated: Knowing the signs and symptoms of concussions is crucial to ensure a quick diagnosis and removal from harmful activities. By knowing about the concussion risks, you can spread awareness and keep other brains safe as well.