Kids’ concussions are often preventable
Pediatric head injuries finally appear to be getting the attention they deserve — just witness the recent PSA by the NFL seeking to educate players, coaches and parents about them and the dangers of returning to play too soon.
This topic clearly resonates with Angie’s List members. More than 10 percent of you have a child who sustained a head injury — many from a fall (41 percent), playing sports (23 percent) or biking/skateboarding (10 percent). Of those, nearly half believe the injury was preventable.
Brain injury experts urge parents to take the following precautions:
1. Make sure your kids wear a snug and padded helmet when biking, skateboarding or playing contact sports.
2. Check that their playground equipment is surrounded by shock-absorbing surface material such as wood chips, mulch or rubber mats.
3. Don’t buy sweatshirts or shorts with drawstrings, which tend to catch on equipment and lead to falls.
4. Never encourage your kids to “play hurt” or “suck it up” after they hit their head. Seek medical attention instead.