Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard A LOT more about concussions in the past few years and their effects, especially on football players.
So what is a concussion exactly?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head. But guess what? You DO NOT have to lose consciousness to have a concussion.
Why is this such a big deal? Well, multiple concussions compound on one another. Meaning, after you have one, the effects build when you get another one. That is why there are so many NFL players coming out with concerns, and that is why everyone from the NFL to high school athletic associations have created new concussions protocol measures.
Does this all seem like a bunch of BS? Well I’m here to tell you it’s not.
That’s me in my soccer playing days. A sport I was dedicated to for over ten years of my life until, you guessed it, concussions ended my career.
After sustaining multiple concussions from middle school to high school, the effects compounded and I was diagnosed with chronic migraines. Those migraines were so bad after my final concussion that I missed months of school and was in a constant search of anything that would help.
I’ve tried acupuncture, therapeutic massages, and all kinds of medication. This is now a part of my life.
The good news though? After seven years of daily preventative medications, I’ve finally seemed to figure out how to keep my migraines under control all on my own, with a little help of Excedrin migraine on a bad day.
So as you wake up today, frustrated that someone on your Fantasy Football team has been sidelined due to a concussion or upset that Detroit Lions rookie, Jarrad Davis, left the game last night against the Giants after making six tackles and his first career sack… let this serve as a reminder that concussions are serious. They are life-altering and can be life-ending for some. They changed my life forever and I wish people knew more about them ten years ago when I was a young athlete.