Did you know that 80% of child and youth head injuries, including concussions, treated in emergency departments are related to sports and recreation?
When your children are out playing — whether in a team sport like hockey or tobogganing — keep them safe by taking the right precautions:
- Make sure your children wear proper safety gear, especially a helmet designed for the activity taking place. Helmets, face protectors and visors should have the CSA mark of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
- Hockey helmets must show the date the helmet was made. Helmets more than five years old should not be bought or sold.
- Do not allow your children to sled near roads, parking lots, rocks, trees or fences, and never let them skate or play near open water.
- Use a neck warmer instead of a scarf, and removing drawstrings and cords from clothing to prevent these items from getting caught or tangled on objects.
Also learn more about how to reduce your risk of getting a concussion here.