Up next in How to Deal with a Concussion (3 videos)
A head injury is nothing to fool around with. Learn how to recognize, treat, and prevent concussions with the information in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Seat belt
- Slip mats
- Appropriate footwear
- Good judgment
- Mouth guard (optional)
- Car seat (optional)
Wear a helmet
Wear a helmet when playing sports like football, hockey, or lacrosse, or when participating in any recreational activity that puts you at risk for head injuries, like skiing or snowboarding, or riding a horse, motorcycle, or bicycle.
Strap on a seat belt
Prevent concussions in motor vehicles. Always wear a seat belt to keep your upper-body stable in case of an accident.
Heading for a swim? Never dive into water that's less than 9 feet or 3 meters deep to avoid hitting your head against the bottom.
Clean the floor
Help turn homes into slip-free zones. Light rooms well, keep floors clear of hazards, and place rubber slip mats in showers and bathtubs to prevent unexpected falls. Seniors especially should wear thin, hard-soled, flat shoes -- high heels, sandals, and bouncy sneakers can impair balance.
Use your brain
Think about your actions. If you're concerned that an activity could cause a brain injury, take a moment and judge the risks before getting involved. Remember: the easiest way to prevent a concussion is to use your head!