CDC HEADS UP Rocket Blades: The Brain Safety Game

ABOUT Rocket Blades-- The Brain Safety Game

CDC HEADS UP Rocket Blades is first-ever, mobile game app developed by the CDC, that teaches concussion safety to children ages 6 to 8. Through a futuristic world of galactic racing adventures, the game aims to help children learn the benefits of playing it safe and smart!

Children must keep their players safe by avoiding obstacles that could lead to a concussion and make smart choices about resting players who have a concussion. When players are injured the game simulates concussion symptoms, making the screen blurry and play more challenging. At the end of each level, a doctor checks out all the players to make sure they are healthy to race, and their brains are rested and recharged.

As children skate through levels they collect power gems. Power gems fuel up a spaceship that will blast off to Galactic City for a winner’s all-star dance party that is out of this world! As an added bonus, children can take a selfie and insert themselves into the dance party.


CDC HEADS UP Rocket Blades helps children understand the following learning points:

•hitting your head can cause brain injury (concussion);
•you should tell your coach, parent, or another adult if you hit your head;
•you should rest before returning to play and see a doctor if you hit your head; and
•helmets alone cannot prevent concussions.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) HEADS UP campaign is a series of educational initiatives that all have a common goal: Protect kids and teens by raising awareness and informing action to improve prevention, recognition, and response to concussion and other serious brain injuries.

CDC HEADS UP works with parents, coaches, health care providers, school professionals and others to develop and disseminate educational materials that are designed help support individuals and organizations with their concussion efforts.


Parents please note that CDC does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) from you or your child during use of this app unless you choose to provide that information to us or give your child permission to do so. Any photos taken within the app will be taken on a voluntary basis with your consent. Please be aware that such photos are not stored or shared for use by any third party sites.

Please see the link below for additional information regarding CDC's mobile privacy policies


Please visit for additional information about concussion safety and how to get involved in your community.

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Additional Information

June 26, 2019
Current Version
Requires Android
4.1 and up
Content Rating
Offered By
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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