Preventing Head, Neck and Spine Injuries

 

An injury to the head, neck or spine can have serious consequences so it's important to take appropriate measures to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

 

Concussion

You can reduce the chances of getting a concussion if you:

  • Wear helmets and safety equipment when participating in high risk or contact sports.
  • Make sure the athletic grounds are safe and professionally prepared. This includes lighting in dark areas, fixing uneven surfaces and padding edges of sharp objects.

 

Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Always wear a helmet in a contact or high-risk sport.
  • Avoid head-first contact, such as tackling with the top of the head of sliding into home plate head first.
  • When diving into water, make sure it is deep enough to dive in head first.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear when engaging in sports activities.