In the last month, Chris Borland, Jake Locker and Cortland Finnegan all called it quits from their football career because of the long-term implications of concussions. They say the pressure to mask injuries to get back on the field and the accumulation of sub-concussive blows are putting their health at risk.
My Neurological Disorders and Diseases class at Thiel College, located in Greenville, PA, recently visited Akron Children’s Sports Medicine Center to learn about concussions. The information I learned made me rethink back to my days as an athlete and of the possible concussions that went misdiagnosed.
This year’s Super Bowl XLIX was an exciting, albeit violent game. New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman played an amazing game, but took a significant blow that’s raising debate on whether or not he suffered a concussion.
Many people confuse the concussion protocol’s 5 stages with 5 days. And that’s just not the case. It varies by player and the severity of his concussion, as well as the number of concussions he’s experienced. It could take anywhere from a week to a couple of months for an athlete to advance through all 5 stages and get back on the field.
On the heels of the recent tragic news regarding the Buckeye’s Kosta Karageorge, who took his own life over the weekend, I had the chance to visit in studio WAKR morning show host Ray Horner to discuss concussions and their aftereffects.
I’d like to think sport officials, physicians and organizations alike have done a good job collectively in heightening awareness around concussions. Even when there are setbacks like in this past weekend’s Michigan game, where a player took a vicious hit and was stumbling around, yet remained in the game for another play or 2.