Compared to other traumatic brain injuries in Oregon, a concussion is often relatively mild. The effects are usually temporary, and the patient typically recovers fully. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, brain bleed and other potentially serious complications may result from a concussion. With repeated concussions, the risk only increases. 

Therefore, it is preferable to do whatever you can to prevent a concussion from happening in the first place. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect you and your family. 

1. Advocating safety

If you are a parent, you can educate others who care for your children, such as babysitters and coaches, about safety measures to prevent concussions. 

2. Buckling seat belts

During a car accident, seat belts can help prevent head trauma and other serious injuries. 

3. Exercising regularly

Falls are among the most common causes of concussion. You can decrease your risk of falling by improving your balance and strengthening your leg muscles with regular exercise. 

4. Reducing tripping hazards

Keep the floors of your home free of objects that you or your family members could trip over. Be sure that your home is well-lit, especially in stairwells where a fall could be more dangerous. 

5. Wearing protective gear

Some recreational activities, such as snowboarding or bicycling, carry a greater risk of head injuries. When participating in such activities, it is important for you and all other members of your family to wear helmets and other protective gear. You should ensure that your gear fits well and is appropriate for the activity you are participating in. 

The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.