ABI Week: Be #ConcussionAware

CONCUSSION AWARE DIGITAL STAMP_FINALHeadway Devon is asking local sports clubs to ‘be concussion aware’ as part of a new national campaign. The campaign has been launched during Action for Brain Injury Week, which takes place from 9-15 May.

“Sport plays a key role in keeping us fit and healthy,” said Chief Executive Anne Mattock. “At Headway Devon, we want to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy sport, while being better protected from the risks of concussion.

“A great deal has been achieved in the past few years to improve concussion protocols, with the emphasis being placed on elite-level sport to set a good example for others to follow.

“But we believe everyone who plays sport should be concussion aware – particularly those at grassroots level who are playing purely for the love of it and do not have ambulances and doctors on standby should something go wrong.

“We hope that through this campaign, we can encourage sports clubs, schools, colleges and universities in our region to ensure their members or pupils are aware of concussion and sign up to an ‘if in doubt, sit it out’ approach.”

ABI WeekThe campaign is now underway and sports clubs and academic institutions are able to access to a range of materials, including a factsheet giving advice about concussion, posters to display both online and in changing rooms, and a digital stamp to demonstrate the club has adopted a responsible approach to concussion. Clubs are also encouraged to sign up to the “if in doubt, sit it out” online pledge which can be found here.

For further information on the campaign, visit www.concussionaware.org.uk or to find out how you can support Headway Devon during Action for Brain Injury Week and beyond, call 01392 211822 or e-mail holly@headwaydevon.org.uk.