Concussion - Prevention

Many cases of concussion can be prevented by using certain types of protective equipment. These include seat belts and air bags in cars, and helmets in contact sports. Helmets should also be worn when bicycling, skiing, or horseback riding. Soft material, such as sand or matting, should be placed under playground equipment.

Young people should think about the value of high-contact sports, such as boxing, football, and hockey, compared to their risk for head injuries. They may decide to take part in sports activities that are fun to participate in, but less risky to one's health.

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