Adolescent Concussions & Numbers That Shock

This article comes from the Cape Cod Times, written by Amanda Comak and takes an in-depth look at concussions in the youth of that area and the overall problem.

When Mikaela McGuire’s post-concussion symptoms were at their worst, the normally bubbly 16-year-old would cry herself to sleep.

If the piercing headaches, sensitivity to light, drastic memory loss and uncharacteristic mood swings weren’t bad enough, there were times she would sit and stare blankly at her homework.

Her brain – her memory – betraying the honor student so completely she would crawl into bed, her eyes welled with tears, craving sleep.

“I wouldn’t tell anyone, but that’s how frustrated I’d get with myself,” McGuire said, more than 12 weeks after the Nauset Regional High School sophomore sustained her fourth concussion – this one from taking a close-range shot off her temple during soccer practice.

“It’d just be me, sitting there, trying to finish my homework at night thinking, ‘I can’t do this. What’s wrong with me?’”

A very dramatic and sobering set of facts that people are now just coming to grips with.  There are many kids out there dealing with the same set of issues that are either ignoring them or not understanding why this may be occurring.  Granted the time in our lives Continue reading