- Step 1: Wear a good helmet Wear a helmet that meets the safety standards set by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment; look for the NOCSAE seal on the back of the helmet. When buying a new helmet, research the brands and models that offer the most updated protection against head injury.
- TIP: Don't wear helmets more than 10 years old, even if they've been reconditioned.
- Step 2: Wear it well Make sure your helmet fits properly. For a comprehensive guide on how to fit a football helmet, go to "usafootball.com":http://usafootball.com/.
- Step 3: Recognize concussion-causers Be aware of the kind of impact that often causes a concussion: A forceful bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the head.
- Step 4: Keep your head up On the field, practice "heads-up" football to help prevent head injury: Never use the top of your head to tackle, block, or strike an opponent. Don't ever make initial contact with your helmet or face mask.
- Step 5: Know concussion symptoms Stop playing immediately if you have one or more of the following concussion symptoms: A headache or the feeling of pressure in your head; nausea or vomiting; balance problems or dizziness; sensitivity to light or noise; a sluggish or groggy feeling; concentration or memory problems; or simply not feeling "right." Get checked by a physician and do not return to play until you receive medical clearance.
- TIP: Athletes who return to play too soon after a concussion are at risk for second-impact syndrome, an often fatal swelling of the brain caused by a second blow before the first is healed.
- Step 6: Recognize an emergency Recognize the signs of a blood clot: One pupil that's larger than the other; extreme drowsiness; weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination; a worsening headache; repeated vomiting or nausea; slurred speech; convulsions; or a seizure. Though rare, this kind of head injury can be fatal, so call 911 immediately. Remember, it's always better to err on the side of safety.
- FACT: An NFL study found that former players age 30 to 49 are diagnosed with memory-related disorders at a rate of 19 times the national average.
You Will Need
- NOCSAE-approved helmet
- Proper fit
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