Play by the rules.

Great coaches teach players to respect the rules of their sport.

Use the proper equipment and wear it properly.

Always close a chin strap if your sport requires a helmet.
Each sport or activity requires a different type of helmet.

Check the playing field.

Are there holes, digs, or divits? Are the end posts sufficiently padded?

Practice good sportsmanship.

Coaches and parents set the best examples; keep aggression off the field.

Proper technique is essential.

When in doubt–sit ’em out!

Follow return to play guidelines.

Concussions are cumulative, so it is important that individuals follow guidelines provided by their doctor or healthcare provider, and are fully healed before returning to their sport or activity.

Whether you are a youth sports coach or a high school coach, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a great resource to use for concussion related information.

Click here to download the CDC’s Brain Injury Safety and Prevention Tips


– Helmets cannot prevention a concussion

– Concussions happen during practice too

– Concussions can happen from many other activities outside of sports

– Headbands and mouth guards do not prevent concussions

In Pop Warner football there is to be no contact for two-thirds of each practice, and plays that include full-speed head-on blocking and head-to-head contact have been eliminated.

The Ivy League has implemented several policies regarding the amount of contact practices. What began as just regulations for football have now been modified and implemented for soccer and lacrosse and are currently being reviewed for ice hockey.

The NFL has adjusted regulations regarding how many contact practices are allowed, both in pre-season training and during the regular season.