When it comes to sporting news, being I’m male, of course, I pay attention. That and I played a lot of sports as a kid growing up. Plus, I am a traumatic brain injury survivor. So, whenever news hits of someone getting injured, I tend to listen.
Ever since Sydney Crosby (hockey player) suffered his concussion leaving him out of the lineup and at home trying to recover, there has been lots of talks and focus put on brain injuries in both sports for adults and children.
And quite frankly, I’m glad.
Not that I wanted to see Crosby take a hit to the noggin. It’s never fun when a professional player gets injured. But I’m happy because of the awareness it’s bringing to the facts surrounding a concussion and brain injuries of this type which affect thousands of people yearly.
My brain injury was motorcycle related. But concussions happen all the time and brain injuries come in all forms for all people, especially children.
My son Trace has mild cerebral palsy (also a brain injury) though not acquired. He was born with it. Hundreds of children each year take a fall, a knock to the skull, and they are expected to fully recover. I mean why shouldn’t they? The brain has its own protection from such things after all.
But what if your child has suffered a concussion. Do you know what to look for? Would you even know if their brain had been damaged? If you answered that “no” you don’t know what to look for than you aren’t alone. But here are a few clues just in case.
Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion
- Becoming sleepy or lethargic
- Double vision
- other symptoms.
A concussion is a form of a mild brain injury. And as they stated on, doctors still aren’t aware why some people who receive a concussion recover quickly and why others don’t recover for years and sometimes never often feeling the symptoms for life.
For kids like Trace, recovery is better. Children’s brains are still growing and have a chance to grow and change around the injury. But for someone like myself, my TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) will never improve, get better or really change but only worsen as I get older and time goes by.
I will never remember things again. What I do know is that it’s important >>> this awareness in brain injuries and I’m glad they are being taken more seriously, especially in sports related injuries. Parents and coaches are becoming more aware that time is needed in order to heal before getting back out there to play.
My oldest son plays hockey. He’s a goalie. Both my boys have suffered concussions at one point or another. As a parent with a brain injury sometimes they give me heck when I demand the rule (helmets must be worn) when riding bikes, skateboarding, roller-blading or playing sports.
The brain is a delicate thing. Not only does it control our bodies, but it helps us function. The brain is what allows us to breathe, walk, talk, hear, move, speak, smell, and every nerve inside of it is like an electric signal. If that signal is damaged and can’t though, well then there is no turning back.
The brain is delicate. Not only does it help our bodies function. Helps us walk, talk, hear, move, speak, smell. Every nerve is an electric signal. The brain houses who we are. Parts of our soul that we don’t even know about and the memories lie within it. So shouldn’t we be more diligent in protecting that?
Trust me when I say — you don’t want to lose those parts of yourself. I did and it’s so hard getting them back. Even if you do, you will never be the same.
So play safe!