Preventing concussion

There are a number ofcommonsense precautions you can take to reduce your risk of concussion.

These precautions include:

  • always wearing the recommended equipment when taking part in a contact sportsuch asrugby or boxing
  • making sure any contact sport you or your child are taking part in issupervised by a properly qualified and trained person
  • always wearing a seatbelt when driving
  • wearing a motorcycle helmet this is a legal requirement if you are riding a motorcycle in England
  • wearing a cycle helmetthis is not a legal requirement, but cycle helmets have been recommended by several leading organisations, such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

It is also easy to underestimate how many cases of concussion occur as the result of a Falls or slip at home or in the garden, especially in older people. Following some or all of thesuggestions below will help keep your home and garden as safe as possible.

  • keep stairways clear soyou do not trip over anything
  • use appropriate safety equipment if you're doing any kind of DIY
  • use appropriate equipment to change a light bulb, such as a stepladder
  • clean upspillages to prevent someone slipping

For more information,visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Jun 2016