Athletes

Preventing Concussions in Athletes

Many of us have heard that there is a lot going on with athletes, concussions, and the issues that arise because of those things in the first place. Because of that, it’s likely that you’re looking at many different things that need to be done in relation to preventing problems that can happen on account of athletic injuries.

I’ve been coaching sports teams for a number of years, and it’s really common to see that there are a lot of issues that can arise in relation to concussions and injuries. These are the thing that I’ve seen make the biggest difference in preventing concussions (or preventing the severity of concussions) in athletes of all ages.

Wearing Helmets

The most important part of prevention that I’ve seen is related to wearing helmets. We want people to be safe, so the best way to do that is to have a helmet over their head. Whether they’re riding a bike, riding a horse, playing football or anything else, it’s good to have that extra layer of protection. It could be the thing that helps to prevent them from a concussion or further brain damage later on in life.

Enforce Rules of Contact

During practice, encourage your team (kids or adults) to be gentler with one another than they may be if they’re in an actual game. Also, ensure that you’re looking at everything that you can do in order to put together rules of contact and conduct that are going to prevent injuries in your athletes. Then, be sure to enforce them. If you see someone deliberately injure someone, follow through and make sure that they sit the bench for a while. Enforcing those rules means that people will be less likely to be rough with each other.

Educate About Concussion Risks

Education has been my biggest tool when it comes to dealing with concussion risks of any sort. By letting people know what may be involved and what they need to keep in mind, I’ve found that people are a lot more careful about how they interact with and make contact with one another. Educating people about the risks makes it a little more “real” to them.

Have a Concussion Plan

If someone gets a head injury of any sort, it’s vital to have a plan to put into action. You want to reduce the injury as much as possible, so be sure that you’ve got the plans in place so that you can sort things out and see what needs to be done before the first responders get to the scene.

There are lots of different ways that you can work things out here, so you want to have a plan and talk with parents, team members, friends, and other coaches to see what you can do to help prevent issues with concussions and other head injuries. Talk with people, have proper plans in place, put together rules and see what can be done so that you can prevent injuries in an effective way that is affordable and simple.

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