Coexistence of Concussion and Football

I have been asked to write about concussions from time to time.  I attempted a chapter on concussions for a book at some point, over the next few weeks I will post this chapter, as I wrote it, no matter how horrible it is.  After all I am not an author, but at least you can take a look.  This particular chapter deals with concussions in the sport of football.  We all should know this injury can be sustained in any sport.  Because football is the biggest draw of sporting eyes I felt it was best to present it in this way.

The sport of American Football is rooted in the traditions and fabric of this fine country.  It begins as early as dad or mom can hold their child and watch the game which we have grown to love.  The passion shown by fans across America, particularly amongst the college football teams is down-right near pandemonium at times.  For most people in small college towns the football team is its identity and source of pride.  From Boise to Tuscaloosa people watch with anticipation and understanding of the game that allows them to gain some semblance of glory and excitement with the players. Along with all the glory and excitement that comes with watching and playing the sport come risks, mainly associated with injury.

The casual fan has learned a lot about injuries, mainly those that deal with the bones and muscles, orthopedic injuries through the trials and tribulation of their favorite players.  Football has progressed from the Wing-T to the Spread offenses, along with that injury surveillance and information about injuries grew as well.  As time has evolved we as medical professionals have learned more about and overcome serious injuries that once would have ended careers of players, like the anterior cruciate ligament or rotator cuff tears.  Identification of them as well as treatments has advanced to allow those suffering from such injuries to continue with their dreams.  The player, coach, parent, and audience has also learned how and what to expect with most injuries due to the information available.

The new number one injury on the “rise” in both awareness and treatment is concussion.  What was once believed to be nothing more than a “little headache” or just getting your “bell rung” has manifested into shattered lives and irresponsible decisions.  However, it DOES NOT have to be that way, and concussion should not be feared, the injury itself is a common occurrence in both sport and life.  How we understand and treat this injury is where the stigma and negative connotation is changed.

There is absolutely no reason that a concussion cannot be like any other orthopedic injury that those in the sport of football sustain.  The most important thing to remember is this: You only have one brain, and your body nor modern technology (at this time) can fix any damage sustained to it.

5 thoughts on “Coexistence of Concussion and Football

  1. James E. Ellis October 24, 2011 / 10:15

    Like your article, looking forward to reading the concussion chapter. We just experienced a concussion in our 11 year old football player. I wrote a series of articles week by week on the effects a concussion has on the young athlete, family, friends, teachers and coaches. it took four weeks before “return to play” was authorized. I would be happy to send it to you, maybe it will help others.

    • Dustin Fink October 24, 2011 / 10:27

      Please send along, would love to post for all to learn…

  2. James E. Ellis October 24, 2011 / 11:02

    Thanks Dustin, would you like all five weeks at once? Each article is about one page 8×11 typed,

    • Dustin Fink October 24, 2011 / 15:19

      why don’t you send them via email, and label them… I will converse with you after reading them…

  3. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP, Licensed Psychologist October 26, 2011 / 00:05


    If you have not done so, suggest you read an article that my wife, Flo, and I wrote re sport-related concussions (SRCs). The link to the June 2011 NASP published online article is found on the home page of this blog under the Management section.

    I would be curious to know how the info in the SRC article may have related to you and your son’s concussion-related experiences?

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