Did you know that even mild head injuries can lead to Concussions and Concussions can cause life long mental illness, learning disability, depression or dementia.
Rate of concussions amongst children is nearly as high as rate of drug and alcohol abuse. More than 2 Million children and teens suffer from concussions each year. Yet there is little awareness amongst parents and schools about this Deadly epidemic.
This book is for parents, coaches, athletes. Unlike many popular books which examine head injuries as a social or scientific phenomenon, this book has been written to provide an “easy-to-read” manual for everyone to understand.
Learn more about concussions and become an alert parent.
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Chapter 1: “A Head Journey”
It’s dark out when Reggie arrives at the emergency room, strapped to a backboard with a cervical collar wrapped around his neck. He’s fifteen years old and new to the world of high school football. His brightly colored uniform and thick shoulder pads are swimming on him as he lays on the stretcher.
As nurses and doctors roll Reggie back through the swinging ER doors to be evaluated, the EMTs assure his parents that the backboard and C-collar are just precautions. Reggie collided with another football player and lost consciousness, and the doctors need to verify that his brain and spine are okay before they can let him move around. The ER nurses lead Reggie’s parents to a darkened hospital room.
“Please keep the lights low,” the nurses say, “Reggie should be back in a few minutes. He might be sensitive to light.” Reggie’s mom waits. Outside the door of the darkened room, doctors in white coats rush back and forth, talking with each other in low voices. She doesn’t know how to feel. Last time she was in the ER, it was because Reggie fell and scraped his knee. He hadn’t needed an ambulance then. Is this just like the last time – just a precaution for a scratch that will get better? Or is this something more serious?
After what seems like forever, Reggie is brought in from the x-ray room. A doctor follows him in and starts unstrapping him from a backboard. The doctor explains that his x-rays showed no broken bones but now he needs to be evaluated for signs of a concussion. The lights are low because if Reggie has a concussion, bright lights might irritate his recovering brain.
Reggie’s mom knows that concussions happen when someone hits their head hard enough to bruise or injure their brain. She knows they’re common enough in high school sports and the coaches have a plan for how to handle them. Her neighbor’s daughter even got one while riding her bike without a helmet a few months ago, and she recovered in just a few weeks. But she also knows about professional football players who have lifelong brain damage because of their concussions.
Which one will Reggie be?
Reggie’s mom doesn’t know that about 10% of all high school football players get a concussion each football season, or that players of other sports also turn up in the ER with concussions. She also doesn’t know that active treatments like visual and physical therapies can treat long-lasting symptoms of concussion or can even be used to prevent concussions from happening in the first place. You can’t blame Reggie’s mom for not knowing. Much of this knowledge about concussions being common among student athletes and that they can be prevented through active training, and that even long-lasting symptoms can disappear with treatment – is new as of the last twenty years. And with research into concussions advancing fast, even books written in 2008 may not contain information about all the options available today.
Once upon a time, concussions were assumed to be temporary, like a scrape or a bruise. Players got hit on the head all the time in sports – it was just part of the game. But as medical science advanced, autopsies began to find cases where professional players suffered lifelong brain damage from repeated concussions. A few cases where student-athletes died after seemingly minor injuries were widely publicized, and one thing became clear: parents and doctors needed to take concussions more seriously …