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Concussion Information for Parents

Keeping children safe and healthy as they grow is a primary responsibility for parents, but not always a simple task. Children learn about their world when they run, jump, explore, and play games and sports. Generally they get bumps and bruises along the way and sometimes they get more serious injuries - like concussions.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or by a hit to the body) that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Although one concussion is seldom life-threatening, the effects can still be quite serious.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed Heads Up to Parents, a website providing resources and tools to parents so they can learn how to protect their children as they grow. Information on the website includes:

  • An interactive map about how and where concussions happen
  • Videos on how to recognize a concussion and what to do about it
  • Printed materials that can be customized for your child's sports team
  • Materials to reach out to your community about concussions
  • The importance of wearing a helmet during sports and cycling
  • Tips to keep your child safe at home, in cars, on the playground, and in their activities from birth to the time they drive off on their own.

Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you would like to schedule a free concussion training or presentation for your organization, please contact Steve Nedbalek at (405) 271-3430 or email SteveN@health.ok.gov

Other Resources

Publications from the Injury Prevention Service

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Injury Prevention Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-3430

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