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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:
Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publications from the Injury Prevention Service
Injury Prevention Service
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