Brain Safety Starts With Helmets
There is no concussion-proof helmet, but there are specific helmets for specific sports. Refer to the CDC helmet guide brochures when choosing a helmet for a child or teen.
An appropriate and properly fitted helmet protects against concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) which result from a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, symptoms can last less than a day or for several months and include:
- Vomiting or nausea
- Changes in normal thinking
- Memory problems
- Dizziness or vision problems
- Mood changes
- Changes in sleep patterns and fatigue
If someone you know was in a bike crash, seek emergency services at a nearby Nuvance Health™ hospital.
Children, young adults and older adults are at higher risk for concussions. They may also need a longer recovery time after concussion and are more likely to have concussions again.
Preventing concussions and TBI is critical because they can impair:
- Thinking or memory
- Emotional functioning
Recovering from a brain injury is possible. Consult your doctor for recovery resources and referrals.