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.
November 4 at 8 pm on NET-1
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