Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players

Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players
As students head back to school and fall team sports begin, it’s especially important for parents to be aware of the causes and symptoms of a concussion. According to, more than half of the emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries are for children 5 to 18 years of age. While we most commonly hear about them in the news related to football, concussions can happen in almost any sport or activity.

Concussion Patient Education Resources from
Concussion (
Concussions in Kids (
First Aid Kit When Your Kid Starts Sports (
Head injuries (
Traumatic Brain Injury (

Concussion Resources from the CDC
Brain Injury Basics: What Is a Concussion? (
HEADS UP to Parents (
HEADS UP to Youth Sports (

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Concussions can happen to anyone, during any physical activity. And you don’t have to get hit in the head or lose consciousness to have a concussion. With concussions, prevention is key, and safety should always be the priority. Watch this public service announcement to learn more.