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Most of us have bumped our heads -- or worse -- in the past. While we've all had our share of injuries, some are much more serious than others. Sometimes, a collision that seems innocuous at the time leads to greater consequences. One of these is a concussion, which is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.
Concussions cannot be cured, so prevention is essential. At the same time, we don't want to live our lives encased in bubble cushioning. Thus, concussion prevention involves education first and foremost, and that education includes basic tactics you can do every day to better protect yourself and your family. Let's talk about some key areas where safety is of utmost importance.
With so many people driving to and fro on a daily basis, automobile safety is one of the first areas that comes to mind for concussion prevention. You can drive as safely as possible and still not be able to avoid an accident, so be sure to always employ the following practices:
Almost everyone has a physical activity that they love to do regularly. As an adult, you probably have a long-time favorite team sport or solitary activity you're devoted to, and children are willing to try everything as they search for an outlet for all that energy.
When it comes to concussion safety for almost any of these activities, there is one golden rule, and it's the same as when you ride a motorcycle: Wear a helmet! Whether you or your child prefers baseball, football, hockey, skiing, skating, biking, sledding, or skateboarding, a helmet is essential. It dramatically decreases the impact of a hit to the head and protects against skull fractures and other serious injuries -- just make sure it fits and is in good condition.
Whether in the playground or the kitchen, kids are always active, and it pays to be as cautious as possible. You can't make the little ones slow down, but you can do your own due diligence:
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