NOCSAE is teaming up with the CDC to make an effort to get the parents educated in the area of concussions. The CDC has made a great effort with the coaches and health care providers by producing material specific to those areas. Although there has been some material for parents this effort will be focused on the moms and dads;
The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are teaming up to launch “Heads Up to Parents,” a new educational initiative designed specifically to provide parents with the facts about how to protect, prevent and respond to youth and high school athlete concussions. The partnership, made possible by a grant from NOCSAE to the CDC Foundation, builds on the CDC’s successful “Heads Up” initiative featuring free tools for coaches, athletes, parents and healthcare professionals that provide important information on preventing, recognizing and responding to a concussion.
If there is not an athletic trainer or doctor available at practices or games the first person that may notice something is not right will be the parents/care givers of the athlete. Making sure parents are on the same page is a great idea;
“Heads Up to Parents” will take advantage of the growing social media presence of the “Heads Up” initiatives, as well as existing CDC platforms and educational channels. A “Heads Up to Parents” micro website made especially for parents will house educational content, such as videos and downloadable resources.
Educational print materials will be developed to address key issues parents need to know about concussion prevention, recognition and response, as well as helmet safety (such as how to properly fit a helmet) that will be distributed through helmet check programs and activities. The program aims to present parents and athletes with concussion information before the start of the first practice.