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 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 CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and its "Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports" tool kit materials have been produced with the input from many youth sports/youth-serving organizations to educate themselves and others about sports-related concussions.
In addition to downloadable radio PSAs, the CDC has produced the following:
Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion.
You can help make your league and school sports safer and healthier for all athletes. Learn when to make the call to pull an athlete off the field, ice, court, or track, and work with athletes, parents, and league and school officials to implement a concussion action plan and prevention strategies.
CDC's Injury Center has released two resources about state and local policies on concussion in youth and high school sports (often called Return to Play laws). The first, a report titled Implementing Return to Play: Learning from the Experiences of Early Implementers, includes lessons learned from a case study of two states: Washington and Massachusetts. Both states were among the early implementers of state Return to Play laws. The second is the Concussion in Sports Policies web page and guide that has information on common components included in Return to Play laws and information on local policies and action plans. View the report and webpage at: www.cdc.gov/concussion/policies.html.
"Heads Up" tool kit materials and additional information is available for coaches, athletes, and parents at www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html"