Concussions: The Lack of Awareness In High School and College Athletes

Concussions: The Lack of Awareness In High School and College Athletes


you know one of the things that first made me
realize that no one has their handle on this issue was the fact that we have
never really appreciated how many concussions
actually happen when medical professionals talked about
this five or ten years ago they would confidently say that only
five or ten percent of athletes got concussions each year and they were using data
that was taken from athletic trainers i knew and they were luckily some other
doctors who new as well that athletic trainers don’t hear about every
concussion symptoms that an athlete experiences and so by asking the
athletes themselves we found that the concussion rate is not five or ten percent
it’s more like fifty or seventy percent in contact sports like football soccer
hockey every season so half the kids out there are
getting a concussion every season the only reason they haven’t we haven’t
heard about that is ’cause the athletes have never known to say anything we used to think it was ’cause athletes
actually wanted to hide the injury when someone actually did the study and asked the
athletes they found out no it wasn’t that this was a choice this was that they
didn’t think a headache was worth talking about or the fact that they saw
stars for a few minutes and so uh… that was kind of step one
if you want to solve this problem you’ve got to tell the athletes what’s happening you know you get a hard hit and your head doesn’t feel right it’s
diagnosed as a concussion now uh when we were younger i believe that you know you
had your bell rung and take a couple deep breaths and relax and and you’re right
back at it you know i was diagnosed with probably two as a player uh… you know mild ones but i’m sure i
had a few more than that not the ones where you get knocked out
unconscious but that’s you know we’re learning now more about
concussions and it’s more than just a the high end ones so i i probably had you know a handful i think that it’s become okay to say you don’t feel well there’s just so much more or or there’s more knowledge on the
concussions where at the time you just sort of your head hurt and you squirt some water on your
face and you just went out there and kinda gutted through it i guess i think all the leagues from from the
lower leagues right up to the n_h_l_ have been more proactive and i think that now you when kids when you can see a kid get hit on the
ice I think they’re a doing a better job right away of of taking the kid and finding out what you know how they feel one report
investigated the frequency of unreported concussions and estimated more accurately the rate of concussions in high school
football players this report showed that the most common
reasons for concussions not being reported included a player not thinking the
injury was serious enough to warrant medical attention sixty six point four percent of
unreported injuries motivation not to be withheld from competition forty
one percent and lack of awareness of probable concussion thirty six point one
percent this excerpt is brought to you by the
massachusetts school of law

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