There are great websites out there to visit to find information about injuries and concussions, I hope this is a good resource for all of you. We are not the be-all-end-all rather just a piece of the puzzle when it comes to awareness. There is a great site that is devoted to the Mom’s of the world called “Mom’s Team“, headed by Brooke de Lynch. A serial emailer sent along a recent letter a concerned mom had about a concussion her son endured while playing tackle football – her son’s age… 8;
The following is a redacted version of a letter one mom of a concussed young football player recently sent to her state legislators in a Midwestern state:
As the mother of an eight-year-old who sustained a concussion during bantam football practice, I believe it is essential for the provisions of our state’s youth sports concussion safety law to be applied to all children participating in contact and collision sports held on school grounds. The injuries which occurred on my son’s team of approximately 25 third- and fourth-graders clearly demonstrate that concussion information is necessary for these players, their parents, and their coaches.
The letter is very compelling and articulate, it is worth the jump and read (I would transcribe it here but I don’t think Brooke would be very keen to that :) However this goes right along with our earlier post today from Tracey Mayer and the confusion that can be very apparent, even amongst ‘experts’.
The general point should be that when traumatic forces are great enough to elicit an immediate, abnormal response from the brain, it is in fact a concussion. This brain injury is nothing that is made up in anyone’s mind, it is real. The clear danger is being exposed to too many of these, just like after many dislocated joints the articulation will become compromised. Staying ahead of the curve is something that parents and providers should be doing. I don’t believe we would leave our children with strangers and let them offer up medical advice. See your doctor, explain the problem, if the answers are unsatisfactory look into yourself and grasp the concepts and make an informed decision.
As G.I. Joe once said; “Knowing is half the battle.”