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Reducing Risk of Re-Injury

Updated Jul 31, 2019

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Not Again

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.

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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
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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
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Taking Action!

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.

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