Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Help Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
- Buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt (according to the child's height, weight, and age).
- Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets when:
- Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, scooter, or all-terrain vehicle
- Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing
- Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard
- Batting and running bases in baseball or softball
- Riding a horse
- Skiing or snowboarding.
- Make living areas safer for seniors by:
- Removing tripping hazards such as throw rugs and clutter in walkways
- Using nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
- Installing grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower
- Installing handrails on both sides of stairways
- Improving lighting throughout the home
- Maintaining a regular physical activity program (if your doctor agrees) to improve lower body strength and balance.
- Make living areas safer for children by:
- Installing window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows; and
- Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around.
- Making sure the surface on your child's playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention