Action Sports an Issue Too

With the Winter X Games upon us, it is a good time to highlight that action sports, mostly unsupervised, are a concussion issue.  A faithful reader and father of a very good athlete summed it up this way;

The major scary part is millions of kids are out there, and ignoring the head slams and concussions because that is what is cool to do in action sports. Videos like this simply tell them to get back up…while in football the changes being made will hopefully make it OK to wait to return to play.

This father is exactly right, many kids are out there getting hurt and then continuing, often not telling anyone about the injury.  Below are the two videos this dad sent in for us as prime examples.  These aren’t random skaters, rather one of the top stars on the board, Nyjah Huston.  Just like in the traditional sports kids look up to the stars and emulate what the do.  In this case it would be; “get a head injury and continue”.

In the first you will see a Fencing Response (1:23), yet he continues.

The second shows two high impact falls (0:55 & 1:05).

2 thoughts on “Action Sports an Issue Too

  1. brokenbrilliant January 20, 2012 / 14:48

    Absolutely this is an issue. I was “fortunate” to have had substantial balance problems when I was a kid, when skateboarding started getting big. I had a bad fall that scarred up my knee for life, and I never went back. Decided doing repairs to skateboards made more sense than having to do repairs on myself. What bothers me the most about these videos is the apparent nonchalance about those falls and the “star” saying that he had to keep going to finally get the trick. It’s a TRICK, yet who knows what he’s doing to his brain. These kinds of accidents are what I think is also at the root of the fights and conflicts in parkour/freerunning – all the falls just don’t do the brain and higher reasoning any favors. Personally, I think the compulsion to get back in the game is as serious as – if not more than – the injury itself. If we can figure out how to handle that, it will go a long way towards effective concussion management.

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