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Important Concussion Information From CDC

In recent discussions with news reporters on the issue of concussions, I am frequently asked where can parents get more information about head injury.

One of the best sources of information is the Center for Disease Control (CDC) who have introduced a multimedia tool kit, Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports, to help coaches of high school teams protect their athletes from concussion.

The tool kit contains a Guide for Coaches on how to prevent concussions, identify symptoms, and take immediate action when an athlete has signs of a concussion. Contents also include 1) a video and DVD featuring a high school football player who was permanently disabled after sustaining a second, potentially preventable concussion during a game, 2) a wallet card and clipboard sticker for coaches that includes signs and symptoms of concussion and a place to record emergency contacts, 3) posters describing concussion symptoms that can be placed in locker rooms or heavily trafficked areas, 4) concussion fact sheets in English and Spanish for parents and athletes, and 5) a CD-ROM with downloadable kit materials and other concussion-related resources.

The Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports tool kits have been distributed by CDC to coaches, principals, and athletic directors at high schools throughout the United States. The tool kits can be ordered or downloaded free of charge  at the CDC web site . Additional information is available by contacting CDC Injury Center Media Relations, telephone 770-488-4902.

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