In Windsor, Colorado the Park District holds concussion education classes for the public three times a month; it is their part in raising awareness about the process of concussion. This endeavor is in response to the Jake Sankenburg Act signed into law nearly a year ago in Colorado. The Tribune serving the Greeley and surrounding area (did I mention that Colorado is the best place, EVER) wrote a story about the classes;
“Kids seem to be actually more susceptible to the problems with concussion than adults, which is kind of surprising because we tend to think of kids as being more plastic, meaning if that if they do incur an injury they tend to bounce back pretty quickly,” Kary said. “Actually, the opposite is true with concussions. I think it’s really imperative that we get the message out to parents to take this seriously because our generation was a bump in the head and kind of get back in the game and rub it off or shake it off.”
Kary said kids should not be allowed on the playing field after a concussion, and their at-home activities such as computer use, video games, TV watching, as well as school, should be curtailed.
“Not only are we addressing it acutely by not having them get back into play that very day, but we’re also addressing it in the classroom and also at home in terms of not only just physical rest but also cognitive rest,” Kary said.
Kary hammers home the importance of understanding the evolution of the process of concussion. It is good to see the information finally trickling out to those that need it most, the public. Now if we could just get all those darn medical professionals on the same page…