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).