Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Headway highlights concussion dangers

A BRAIN injury charity based in Henley has launched a campaign to raised awareness of concussion.

A BRAIN injury charity based in Henley has launched a campaign to raised awareness of concussion.

Headway Thames Valley, which is based at Brunner Hall in Greys Road, used Action for Brain Injury Week last week to highlight the risk of head injuries, particularly from playing sport.

Stephen Welch, chief executive of the charity, said: “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.”

The campaign was supported by St Mary’s School in St Andrew’s Road and The Henley College, which held fund-raising events for “Hats for Headway Day” on Friday.

Children at the independent junior school donned their favourite hats, cricket helmets, police helmets and top hats.

Headmaster Rob Harmer said: “The children enjoyed taking part. It was a great way for them to understand more about the brain and how to be more concussion aware if they bump their heads in the playground or while playing sport. They particularly liked the message ‘if in doubt, sit it out’.” At the college students on the elite sports programme organised a cross bar challenge and cake sale to raise money.

Tutor Martin Unsworth said: “With rugby students having quite a few discussions about head injuries we thought it was a good fit and Headway is a local charity.”

Headway provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors and their families and carers. The concussion aware campaign helps schools and sports clubs provide more information about concussion by displaying posters in changing rooms.

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