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Free CDC Tool Kit on Concussion for High School Coaches! Español

Concussions can happen to any athlete—male or female—in any sport. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a blow or jolt to the head that can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Coaches, athletic directors and trainers play a key role in helping to prevent concussion and in managing it properly if it occurs.

To reduce the number of this type of injury, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the support of partners and experts in the field, has developed a tool kit for coaches titled, Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports. This kit contains practical, easy-to-use information including a video and DVD featuring a young athlete disabled by concussion, a guide, wallet card and clip board sticker for coaches, posters, fact sheets for parents and athletes in English and Spanish, and a CD-ROM with downloadable kit materials and additional concussion-related resources.

Order a free copy
To order a free copy of this tool kit, click here.

View and download kit materials
(PDFs require Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Information for Coaches:

  • Introductory Letter (Dear Coach)
    PDF         HTML (full text)

  • Guide for Coaches
    PDF          HTML (full text)

  • Coach’s Wallet Card
    PDF only        

  • Coach’s Clipboard Sticker
    PDF only        

  • Posters

    • Symptoms of Concussion Poster

    • Main Message Poster

Information for Athletes:

Information for Parents:


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For Media View the press release
For Promotion
Download the "Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports" flyer PDF only.

To download the web banner and/or button to feature on your website, right click on web button or banner and then save to your computer. The banner/button should be linked to:

View and download tool kit evaluation report
CDC conducted an evaluation study to assess the use and impact of the “Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports” tool kit. Findings from this study are complied in the "Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports, Final Report," PDF only.

Please email your questions and comments to with the subject line “Concussion Tool Kit.”

If you think your athlete has sustained a concussion…
don’t assess it yourself.
Take him/her out of play, and
seek the advice of a health care professional.

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Content Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Injury Response
Page last modified: February 01, 2008