Family Travels Long Road of Recovery – TCB Suggestion

Brooke de Lynch of Mom’s Team sent over this article and video about a family and their dealings with post-concussion syndrome and the long recovery after a very “innocent” looking hit.  It begins as most complex cases often do, with incorrect initial management;

On the evening of Friday, February 12, 2010, my then 15-year-old daughter Heidi was hit on the head by the stick of a teammate as she was warming up in goal before a hockey game.

It was not a catastrophic brain injury requiring a trip by ambulance to the hospital. But the blow did result in a concussion; one that turned out to be far more severe, complicated and long-lasting than initially thought.

Because multiple mistakes were made in the immediate aftermath of the injury by all parties – including by me, her mother – which exacerbated her symptoms, that cold winter’s night marked the beginning of what would turn out to be a fourteen-month long search for answers to the enigmatic riddle that is post-concussion syndrome.

Another great perspective from a mom, this time about a girls hockey player.

Listen, all cases are not as drawn out like this one, in fact stats tell us that some 75-90% of all cases of mTBI/concussion recover in 7-10 days.  Remember that the “recover” portion of that last sentence is from symptoms AT REST.  This brings me to my soap box moment of the day… Continue reading

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School Policy Update: Tracey Mayer

Parent Advocate, Tracey Mayer will be offering up her writings to The Concussion Blog as a resource to the readers, especially the parents out there.  As time allows she will be submitting posts for you to read.  I truly hope that everyone gets a chance to read about concussions from yet another perspective.  Thank you Tracey!

I recently met with one of the Vice Principals at Drew’s high school for a non-concussion related matter.  During our conversation, the topic of concussions came up because he is aware of what Drew has gone through, and he was asking how he is doing.  He told me about two female athletes who both suffered fairly significant concussions recently.  He said they were really struggling academically, which was such a perfect opportunity for me to enlighten him about the policies put in place in Prince William County, Virginia.  I sent these policies to the Superintendent Continue reading