9th May, 2016
Headway Cambridgeshire asks local sports clubs to ‘be concussion aware’ as part of the annual national campaign, Action for Brain Injury Week 2016.
Headway Cambridgeshire, which helps people in the county to rebuild their lives after brain injury, will launch the Concussion Aware campaign during Action for Brain Injury Week, which takes place from 9-13 May.
“Sport plays a key role in keeping us fit and healthy.” said Austin Willett, Chief Executive of Headway Cambridgeshire. “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 across Cambridgeshire to ensure their members or pupils are aware of concussion and sign up to an ‘if in doubt, sit it out!’ approach.”
New for Action for Brain Injury Week, sports clubs and academic institutions 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.
For further information on the campaign, visit www.concussionaware.org.uk or to find out how you can support Headway Cambridgeshire during Action for Brain Injury Week and beyond, call 01223 576550.
“ The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me. ”