I try to always give a Monday take-away thought. How about this one?
OK, not what you were expecting from a Monday morning legal blog? Well, as Sam Elliot popularized the saying in The Big Lebowsky, “Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you”.
I probably was a little like that last week, as I fell behind on the blogging a bit. But, I am more of a lion person anyway… so I come roaring back with this morning’s blog!
Because so many kids are playing youth sports, not to mention the expense of equipment. By the way, have you seen the price of a baseball bat? Makes you want three, Right? But I digress.
Sports are more competitive than ever. With competitiveness comes the risk of concussion. I thought about this as I saw a kid riding his bike without a helmet on Sunday. No good!
So, I thought I would do a short blog on concussions. A good website to read on this, was put together by the nonprofit group Cleared to Play, arising out of an orthopedics practice (Here)
Sports concussions can have a lasting impact on a life. Some athletes end up experiencing a life of cognitive and neurobehavioral difficulties.(PubMed) Doctors sometimes call this post-concussion syndrome. No different than what can happen in a car crash or on the battlefield.
Symptoms include chronic headaches, fatigue, trouble sleeping, dizziness, short-term memory loss, and even difficulty with problem solving. Sometimes trying to do simple math and addition of pocket change becomes difficult.
Those who experience untreated concussions and multiple concussions are also at high risk for developing permanent brain injuries and brain damage. Symptoms like depression and anxiety take hold.
Athletes who return to practice or the game too quickly before they have recovered from a concussion are at great risk for second-impact syndrome. According to statistics shown on the website, fifty percent of second-impact syndrome incidents result in death.
Again, for “quick-clicking” purposes and to learn more about sports concussions,go to clearedtoplay.org. Serious stuff!
And for pic o’ day….