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Concussion - Topic Overview

Concussion and sports

A person who might have a concussion needs to immediately stop any kind of activity or sport. Being active again too soon increases the person's risk of having a more serious brain injury. Be sure to see a doctor before returning to play.

How can you prevent a concussion?

Reduce your chances of getting a concussion:

  • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a car or other motor vehicle.
  • Never drive when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Wear a helmet and safety equipment when you:
    • Play sports, such as baseball, hockey, and football.
    • Drive or ride on a motorcycle, scooter, snowmobile, or ATV.
    • Do other activities where you could injure yourself, such as biking, skateboarding, skiing, or riding a horse.
  • Make your home safer to prevent falls.

Reduce your child's chances of getting a concussion:

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Last Updated: 5/, 014
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