Join us and Headway UK in the battle to grow concussion awareness in Worcestershire! Brain injuries are the number one factor for young people becoming disabled. Love your sport. Use your head and make the right call if you have bumped your head. If in doubt, sit it out! That way, you will be safe to play next time.
Charity to launch concussion campaign
A Worcestershire brain injury charity is set to ask local sports clubs to ‘be concussion aware’ as part of a new national campaign to be launched in May.
Headway Worcestershire, which supports local people affected by brain injury, will launch the Concussion Aware campaign 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 Mel Akers, Chief Executive of Headway Worcest
rshire. “At Headway, 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.”
When the campaign is officially launched in May, sports clubs and academic institutions will have 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.
In the meantime, Headway Worcestershire is inviting sports clubs to register interest in supporting the campaign or fundraising for the charity during Action for Brain Injury Week.
For further information on the campaign, visit www.concussionaware.org.uk or to find out how you can support Headway Worcestershire during Action for Brain Injury Week and beyond, call 01905 729 729 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org