Heads Up

Heads Up is an injury prevention program designed to educate the school community, including coaches, athletes and parents, about the seriousness of concussions. The purpose of the program is to increase recognition of the signs and symptoms of concussion and to remind people to take those signs and symptoms seriously.

The Facts

  • A concussion is a brain injury
  • All concussions are serious
  • Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness
  • Concussions can occur in any sport
  • Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. As many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions are estimated to occur in the United States each year. To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions-a type of traumatic brain injury-to coaches, parents and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing and responding to a concussion.

The Figures
 

  • More than 1,000,000 US athletes will sustain a concussion this year
  • 50,000 people die from traumatic brain injuries every year
  • 235,000 are hospitalized
  • 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency department

The Cost

There is no cost for this program. It is offered as a public service to those in our community. However, a minimum of 15
attendees is required.

What Does Your Organization Provide?

  • A minimum of 15 attendees
  • Classroom space
  • Refreshments (if desired)
  • Distribution of course
  • promotional materials
  • Audio visual (if available)

What does Deaconess Provide?

  • Program materials
  • Faculty
  • Program presentation
  • Course promotional materials

If you are interested in having this program presented FREE at your school or organization, please contact the Trauma Services Program Specialist at 812/450-2961 or email email