This week I’m focusing on creating a sports related infographic. As I sat down to start brainstorming ideas, I wondered what would be the best subject to discuss and how to approach it. The first two things that came to my mind were to talk about women in sports or concussions. Both are subjects that need to be addressed but are also hard to talk about in the world of sports. Ultimately, I decided that concussions were a subject that needed to be addressed, as I have previously addressed concussions in this blog before.
I chose to go with the topic of discussions because of the serious concerns that it brings around not only football, but all sports. It’s important to create awareness around the severity of concussions and how there are better steps to take to ensure proper recovery. This infographic is not only for parents of young athletes but also athletes themselves, coaches and trainers. It’s really important that all people in an athlete’s life are aware of the signs and the best ways to recover.
As I develop this infographic, I’m having a hard time finding the right and most important statistics to include, especially with the importance of concussions. I started my research was able to find multiple places with statistics.
I’ve created infographics before, but for this one, I decided to look for tips to create a “perfect” one. I stumbled upon Lifehack.org and their post, “How to Create Stunning Infographics in 30 minutes.” Lifehack’s five points are:
- Make a point
- Don’t waffle
- Check yourself before you wreck yourself
- Brand it
- Make it shareable
For my infographic about concussions, my point I’m making is that it is important understand and treat concussions properly because of the frequency and severity of them. In order to not waffle, listing only the supporting facts of my problem is the best way. The straight statistics about what sports, how frequent, chances of getting one and wrapping it up with how to properly treat a concussion. I’m using credible sources to gain information and data about concussions. To make sure it’s obvious that I created the blog, I’ll need to not only cite my sources, but also add a personal marker. So people can share the graphic, it’s important to make sure to add widgets to link the infographic so people can add it to their feeds and pages.