CDC Foundation Launches ‘Heads Up to Parents’ Website & App

Emergency rooms across the country have more than their share of sports-related or recreation-related brain injuries. Knowing what to do when these types of injuries occur is critical to the well-being of the injured, in many cases the concussed. Keeping young athletes and kids safe from concussions—and knowing how to respond to these injuries—is more and more becoming a greater responsibility for parents and coaches.

To assist in the education process of this important public health issue, “the CDC Foundation, in partnership with CDC, has launched the Heads Up to Parents website and app. These new and free online resources were created through a grant to the CDC Foundation from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and offer a host of useful tools for parents, coaches and others working with kids and teens.”

Parents today are facing difficult decisions about which sport to let their children participate in. Coaches must be able to make prudent decisions about injuries. A 7-year old in a skateboard accident needs the proper evaluation. Heads Up to Parents is another resource to fill the void in information. As stated by Charles Stokes, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation, “These resources expand knowledge of the best ways to help protect kids and teens from brain injuries – and what can be done if a parent or coach suspects one may have already happened.”

“The Heads Up to Parents website offers:
• Videos – Watch personal stories shared by teens, parents and professional athletes, as well as expert advice on concussion and information on the proper way to fit a helmet.
• Customizable Fact Sheets – Check out the latest materials and tools from CDC’s Heads Up initiative that parents can customize with their child’s or teen’s team or school logo and colors.
• Tools and Tips – Help others become involved in their community by educating and keeping kids and teens safe from concussion – both on and off the sports field.
• Trainings – Take one of several online training courses for sports coaches and health care professionals.

“The new Heads Up app features:
• Helmet Selector – Check out information on size, fit, care, and when to replace a helmet.
• Brain Injury Basics – Get quick information on how to spot a concussion, and what to do if you think your child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury.
• Safety Tips – Read pointers on how to help keep kids and teens safe from brain injuries and other injuries at home, school and play.”

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