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    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:

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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