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Prior concussion increases the risk for future concussions. However, your risk of concussion is still low unless you perform a lot of high-risk activities (e.g. contact sports).
Many people enjoy activities that carry some risk. Having a concussion doesn’t mean you can never do such activities. There are things you can do to reduce your risk of another concussion.
Managing Risk in Sports
- Wear a well-fitting helmet on skis, snowboards, horses, bicycles, motorcycles, and during high-speed sports. Helmets don’t prevent concussions, but they reduce the risk of skull fractures. Use the right helmet for the activity.
- Consider a low- or no-contact sport league.
- Play within your skill & fitness level.
- Use proper equipment
- Don’t play tired or intoxicated
- Get clearance from your family doctor before returning to sport after concussion
Managing Risk in Daily Life
Here are some tips to reducing your risk in everyday activities.
- Wear seatbelts in vehicles
- Use stair handrails
- Limit drugs & alcohol
- Be careful in bad weather
- Use non-slip mats in the tub and on bathroom floors
If you don’t already own a properly fitting helmet for high-speed activity you engage in, consider making an action plan to purchase one.