Through the Potvin Family Foundation, Denis Potvin, the National Hockey League Hall of Fame defenseman and four-time Stanley Cup champion, is committed to promoting a HEAD SMART© approach to youth sports.
Be “Head Smart”
Our goal is to educate and assist families while funding research and new technology enabling a clear view of brain activity for effective concussion diagnosis and treatment in children
Community awareness programs to broaden outreach and impact
Education for families to enable parents to make safe choices to prevent injuries and increase the success rate of recoveries
Research and Technology
Research towards innovation and technology to properly assess childrens brains
Youth Sports Advocacy
Sports play an important role in the development of children and we advocate for continued participation and return to play while being “Head Smart”
Get “Head Smart”
5 POINTS TO BECOMING “HEAD SMART”
Children are more susceptible to concussions than adults.
Concussions can occur in many ways, including, but not limited to, falls (the leading cause), sports and recreation (just 30% of concussions occur this way), motor vehicle accidents, assault or abuse.
Don’t take anything for granted! Be aware of these concussion symptoms: acting confused; dizziness; feeling drowsy; headache; memory loss; vomiting; difficulty walking; loss of consciousness. And remember, ALWAYS seek medical attention when there’s reason for concern.
Traumatic brain injuries can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior, and/or sensation.
15% of people with a mild brain injury have symptoms that last one year or more.
Founded in 2017, the Potvin Foundation fills a critical need in support of concussion prevention and recovery for children by driving awareness, education, research and technology, and advocacy through the “Head Smart” youth sports movement.