We want you to know how to keep your family safe while enjoying recreational activities. Check out the topics below to learn more on how to stay safe while at play.
Athletic Sports and Concussions
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull.
Genesis Rehabilitation Services offers free ImPACT tests to all local student athletes. The ImPACT computer based test is offered at the beginning of the athletic season to establish a baseline. This baseline is then compared to post-concussion evaluations to provide physicians, athletic trainers and healthcare staff objective data to help determine when an athlete is okay to return-to-play. Learn more about baseline concussion testing here.
Parents should discuss with their children the importance of safety while riding a bicycle.
- Helmet Safety
- Riding bicycles and tricycles is a fun activity for children. Take time to talk with your children about safety before they take their first ride.
- Helmet Fitting
- Follow these easy steps to make sure your child's helmet is worn correctly.
- Two fingers above your eyebrow to the bottom of your helmet.
- Four fingers to make a V-shape around the bottom of the ears.
- One finger under the strap beneath your chin.
- Have your child shake their head. If the fit is right, the helmet will stay on tight
- Finding the Right Helmet for Your Child
- Choose a helmet that meets or exceeds the safety standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC sticker should be located inside the helmet or on the packaging.
- Always buy a new helmet. Helmets are designed to work in only one crash, after which they should be replaced.
- Let your children help decide on the helmet. They will be more willing to wear the helmet if they like the style and color and they can determine if it is comfortable.
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can be dangerous if not operated properly. Reading the owners manual and following the warning labels are essential for safe riding.
Playgrounds may have hazards that can cause injury. Following some basic safety measures can help your child have fun and play safely. Click here for more safety tips and general information.