While I like to consider myself an athlete, the only time I sustained a concussion was after giving blood the day after 9/11. (Only I could pass out while approaching the food table and have to be sent to the hospital for testing.) My husband, on the other hand, got a pretty bad one after colliding with a fellow kickball player during a league game in Chicago. (Yes, kickball.) It was bad enough that he couldn’t drive home and I had to drive to the field to pick him up. It was also his sign that perhaps he was taking the league a little too seriously. (You think?)
All joking aside, concussions are no laughing matter. Hits are getting harder in football, and even in non-contact sports like basketball, kids are suffering brain injuries from collisions. Every athlete (and his or her parent) should be aware of these tips on reducing both the chances of concussions and their effects, should one happen.
Athletes and concussions
with advice from Lindsay Minnear, PT, DPT
While football has come into the spotlight as a high-risk sport for concussions, athletes are able to sustain a concussion during any sport. That said, there is a much higher risk when playing a contact sport, one that involves interaction between players or sports equipment that could result in injury, especially sports like football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer and field or ice hockey.
Athletes in any sport can do several things to reduce their chance of concussion, according to Lindsay Minnear, a physical therapist at Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy (a Physiquality network member in Pennsylvania). Here are just a few: