How many of you played sports at some time in your life? How many of youplayed though being injured? Well, as athletes, we all know that injuries are apart of the game and we can never avoid them entirely. When I was in fourthgrade playing I suffered my first injury when me and another kids helmetcollided causing me temporarily lose consciousness.
When I woke up from it Ididn’t even realized what happened until I got home and my mom told me I hadreally dilated eyes. I tried to talk but the words wouldn’t come out no matterhow hard I tried to speak. Concussions aretraumatic brain injuries that cause damage to the brain functions.
Some majoraffects to show someone is concussed are loss of memory/information, reflex,balance, vision, or even coordination. These damages are very important becauseas an athlete you being healthy and at the best shape possible is extremelyneeded but playing through concussions can cause these temporary problems into permanentdamages that stay with you for the rest of your life. That meaning even outsideof sports you’ll be feeling the effects in class, work hanging out with friendsand the list goes on. From personal experience I’ve had a handful of thesecollisions while playing football and because of that I have post-concussionsyndrome. These are migraine or tension headaches that can come any time aftersuffering from a traumatic brain injury and last for a couple days or more andthey can become so painful that they can become sensitive to light. Asathletes, coaches, trainers, and teammates I believe we have to do a better jobin keep aware of how we perform in a safer yet competitive nature but also, becognizant in how to not over achieve. We want to avoid hurting ourselves andeach other and to do that we need to learn the difference in what is pain andwhat is a suffering because there’s a huge difference.
Pain is temporary butsuffering can cause pain lasting forever.