Thursday, October 30, 2014

Concussions: Heading for Change

Concussions is a hot topic in the media right now.

True Story:

Yesterday I was talking with a student about football. He was a football player in high school. He ended up having a concussion. He couldn't bend over to put his shoes on after his concussion. Even walking was a struggle. The doctor he was seeing didn't know why he was having problems with these simple tasks. He ended up seeing a chiropractor. Over time he did get better. He tried to play football again because he loved the sport so much. He would often times get dizzy when he played. His coach, his mom, and he all decided it was in his best interest to quit the game.

The timing of my student's story, and me being asked to watch a preview of Concussions: Heading for Change couldn't be more perfect.

Concussions do not just happen with football. Brain injury can happen with any sport really. They can even happen with car accidents, or if someone is attacked. It's just that people that play sports are more at risk.

In Nebraska doctors are working together to research concussions. This will help the US as a whole. They want to learn more about the brain, and how to treat the brain after someone has a concussion.

We have some of the best doctors right here in Nebraska.

Nebraska is at the center of advanced brain research. The University of Nebraska’s Athletic Department recently partnered with an on-campus research lab called the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) to help develop what could be a game-changing diagnosis process to help determine if an athlete has suffered a concussion on the field. This collaboration between the two departments is unique and hopes to benefit all levels of play. Like all states, Nebraska recently passed into law a Concussion Awareness Act, which aims to keep its youth athletes safe after receiving a head injury during play. Through education, coaches and parents are learning the symptoms of these head injuries and what they can do to help their athletes recover.

Bringing awareness to this subject will help people that play sports.  
I know just in my son's jiu jitsu classes they help train the kids how to fall in a safe way. 

NET's upcoming program highlights some of the initiatives happening in Nebraska at the collegiate and state to help prevent or minimize sports head injuries.

Like most things about the brain, science is still learning what damage concussions can cause to an athlete. 

So the big question is this: 

What is being done to protect our athletes in sports like football, wrestling, and even soccer?  

In an effort to clarify the continuing research and the new rules enacted to help player safety, NET Sports, Nebraska’s Home for Sports, is proud to present Concussions: Heading for a Change.

Air Date:

November 4 at 8 pm on NET-1

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Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

This would be an interesting show for my psychology class.

Harry Flashman said...

I've never been much for sports like football. Never could see any point in it. I know a lot of people have been hurt playing the game, and I had heard more research was being done on better protective equipment.

When my kids participated in karate tournaments they were protected with almost exactly the same gear as Greek hoplites, only it was made of foamy rubber instead of bronze.

Masshole Mommy said...

I got a concussion in my krav maga class last winter and it HURT!

The Cranky said...

When I was 18 I was crossing a dark, icy parking lot when my feet flew from beneath me... ended up with a grand concussion and a sore backside.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I've never had one, but with Allison in gymnastics, I always worry about her falling off the equipment and hitting her head. Scary!

Terra Heck said...

I think it's important to bring facts an awareness about concussions. They can be serious.
When my son was 11 he suffered from a concussion after falling off a golf cart. Scared me to death!
In the roller derby league I play in, a person is thoroughly evaluated if they fall and hit their head. It doesn't matter if they say they're fine. You can never be too careful.

~ Noelle said...

I am going to try and remember to watch this...
We have said no to football for a few more years... one- its expensive, two- i want him to learn more about the plays and three- concussions.
marc had one after his accident at work. NO FUN

Eat To Live said...

I know a lady who died from getting hit on her head. Her brain moved to the complete oposite side. Kind of scary when you think about it.


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