By Breyon Gaddy
In high school there is a high rate of impact concussions in football and many other sports. Many kids have concussions in football because of helmet to helmet impact at a high speed giving them a high chance of having a concussion.
When having a concussion you will feel sick to your stomach, have loss of memory, and do not like the light. According to WebMD, “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull…You don’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury. But other people won’t.”
Senior Amanda Libasci got a concussion from walking past the basketball court and someone shot the ball and hit her in the head.
“First I had to take a test to see if I was okay to workout, then after you have to run for 20 minutes and if you’re good then you work your way back slowly to full speed. Then when you can do what the others kids do then you can go back to the sport you were playing,” said Ms. Libasci.
Having a concussion means you can’t do anything until you take a test that shows you are normal to get back out there, that’s why you take a test in the beginning of the season so they can compare if you are normal or have a concussion.
“Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury,” states WebMD.
I have seen people get concussions and I have had one. It’s not a fun thing. It was in a football game when I got my first concussion this year. It was like losing all air and was so hard to even walk. It made me feel like I was going to pass out. This happened because I went helmet to helmet with the biggest kid on the football field. It was scary. I thought I was gonna die.
I lost all air and I thought I didn’t have anymore life in me until I woke up and saw the emergency people helping me make sure I was ok. Then I knew I had a concussion. I didn’t like the light and everything was loud and that’s how you feel when you have a concussion.
I’ve seen a lot of concussions, and I seen some die in video and some that pass out. It’s not an easy thing to prevent a concussion. Concussions often happen in football because some kids are bigger. With rest, some people fully recover from a concussion within hours, for others it takes weeks.