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HEADS UP to Parents

As a busy parent, keeping your child healthy and safe is always a top priority. This information will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

Parent-Specific Information

HEADS UP has resources written specifically for you, the parent.

Youth Sports

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Concussion resources for parents of youth athletes


High School Sports

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Concussion resources for parents of high school athletes



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Concussion resources for parents of schoolchildren


	thumbnail image of documentAs a parent, you play an important role in keeping your child safe on the playground. This sheet will help you learn how to spot a concussion and protect your child from concussion or other serious brain injury each time you take your child on an outdoor play adventure.


	To help keep children safe: Use playground equipment that is right for your childs age. Check that playgrounds have soft material under them such as wood chips, sand, or mulch. Make sure there are guardrails to help prevent falls. Look out for things in the play area that can trip your child, like tree stumps or rocks.

Concussion & Prevention Information

Learn more about how to recognize a concussion, what to do if you think your child has a concussion, how to properly choose and fit a helmet, and how to take our free online training.



Get Resources

Get materials you can customize and download, such as fact sheets, posters, infographics; download our free concussion app for parents; stay connected via social media; and more.



Get Involved

Real Story: Shelby. "I helped change my sport to make it safer." See Shelby's story.CDC works to get HEADS UP concussion materials into the hands of many people, such as parents, health care and school professionals, coaches, and athletes. And now we need your help to reach out to your community. You can make a big difference in educating your community about concussion and keeping kids and teens safe from this injury.

Get ideas to get you started, ranging from small activities to larger-scale efforts.