Here at The Concussion Blog, we talk all things concussions. Concussions are brain injuries and they are definitely something we must continue to learn more about and continue to educate the youth and the parents. Dustin and I are both Certified Athletic Trainers at the high school level and I really believe that puts us on the “front lines” when it comes to concussions and concussion education. But I think something that gets lost in the whole concussion issue that a concussion is NOT a football problem; it is a SPORTS concern. This article will once again present another sport that brings its own risks of concussion and it needs to be brought forward once again. Cheerleading, girls basketball, and girls soccer are all prime examples of concussion sports that slide underneath many people’s radar.
Rock Center on NBC has done a fantastic job over the last several weeks to address concussions in girls’ soccer. I absolutely believe there are things they could have improved on, but I really do believe that their two pieces were excellent work. I hope to see more mainstream news stories like these in the near future. The best part, to me, is that these two segments addressed concussions in sports NOT football. I think that is really important that mainstream media addresses those concussions too and recognizes the broad scope of concussion education.
In the latest segment that aired on June 7th, Rock Center looks at the story of a girl in Texas who put the faith of herself and her parents into a piece of headgear. She would reveal that she has suffered a minimum of 5 concussions SINCE purchasing the headband and said that she would wear that item every time she touched a soccer ball. Full 90, the maker of this headband, claims that the headband can reduce concussions by up to 50%. Using this girl as an example, that would mean she was put at risk for upwards of 10 concussions? Maybe more?
The girl saw her soccer career ended by concussions. She has so far seen her ability to pursue a college education sidelined. She struggles with reading day-to-day. But she wore that headband religiously for several years and she was supposed to be protected. So what happened?
Frankly, what happened was that she forced the issue. She had faith in this product and believed what the product’s packaging said. Those claims are not backed up with science.
What happened was an idea to produce a headband to prevent concussions was put onto the market claiming to do something that cannot be done. Let’s go back to the target in everybody’s eyes and look at the game of football again. Those players wear a big helmet that covers the whole head. It puts padding between the two hard objects that collide. But it cannot stop concussions. So what makes this manufacturer think that his thin piece of foam is going to do so?
Remember folks, a concussion is a multi-factorial injury. One of the many factors that often come into play is the acceleration and rapid deceleration of the brain within the skull. No piece of safety equipment can prevent that movement.
To catch the full video, check it out on NBC’s website here.