Do you know what to do if your child has a concussion?

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October 2, 2014

In recent years, professional athletes have been coming forward to shed light on the long term consequences of concussions. But concussions are not just a risk for professional athletes. In fact, even children who do not play sports can sustain a concussion on the playground, at school, or in an accident at home.

Learning more about the risks of concussions leaves many parents wanting more information about what to do if their child has a concussion and when their child can return to normal activities. In response, many schools and athletic programs have begun to provide different types of concussions education for parents.

In the latest NPCH Report, we asked parents about these concussions education programs and found that about half of parents of 10-17-year-olds have participated in some type of concussions education. Parents found watching a video or a live presentation gave them the most confidence about managing concussions in their children. Read the full report: Head smart? Parents get confidence boost from concussion education.

Infographic: Parent confidence in decision-making if child has a concussion
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NPCH Associate Director Sarah Clark discusses concussions and the results of this National Poll on Children’s Health in this short video:

What do you think?:

Are you confident about managing a concussion in your child? What types of concussions education did you find most useful? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!

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