Prevention Guidelines

Protective equipment can reduce the risk and severity of brain injury. It is important to have a good quality, properly fitted hard hat/helmet for work environments and collision sports. Safety procedures should be mandated on work sites and protective equipment should be certified and well maintained.

If you have had a concussion, you may be more likely to be injured again. Further, if you get another concussion before you have healed properly, your symptoms can be worse and your recovery can be longer. Be sure to follow the return to school, work and play guidelines to reduce your risk of a second injury.

Because concussions are invisible injuries, education and awareness are essential tools to help other people understand this injury and its consequences.

Steps To Help Prevent A Concussion

  • Appropriate protective equipment should be worn properly and replaced when damaged.
  • Approved helmets should be used in all activities with a risk of brain trauma.
  • Adhere to the rules of the sport or activity.
  • Play fair and play smart!
  • Respect all participants.

Prevention Resources

Top 3 Tips- Protective equipment, Fair Play, Respect Other Players

Parachute Canada
Hockey Canada Facts & Prevention
Which Helmet For Which Activity


Policy development that ensures safe, fair play and excellent concussion management is the best prevention of all.

Canadian Recommendations For Policy
Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Recommendations For Head Injury Policy

Injury Prevention Partners

IWK/QEII Division of Neurosurgery – Neurotrauma Injury Prevention
Nova Scotia Chapter of Parachute – Thinkfirst Nova Scotia
Dalhousie University Concussion U
Nova Scotia Trauma Program
Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness – Injury Prevention
Brain Injury Nova Scotia (BIANS)
IWK Child Safety Link – Concussion Resources
Parachute Canada
New Brunswick Trauma Program