Concussions aren’t anything to mess with
Talking hockey and bringing up the subject of a concussion is as common as dropping the puck nowadays it seems. And that’s with good reason. As we learn more and more about head trauma and the affect it can have on our lives, it’ll continue to be a hot topic.
Hockey is a collision sport. Even despite removing checking from everything other than the highest levels, collisions still happen and will continue to happen.
As long as they do, we’ll continue to talk concussions and their ramifications.
That’s why hearing someone dismiss the possibility of a concussion isn’t easy to listen to in today’s age. Not when we have so much more information available and not when horror stories keep popping up.
Stories like the one where a talented young goaltender from the region recently left the game because of a series of concussions.
There’s been more than enough ink spilled on the subject before now and I’m not claiming to be an expert.
All I can base my opinion on — which is what this is — is what I’ve read lately.
Incredibly, there are still plenty of dismissive attitudes towards concussions. Either parents aren’t reading the mountains of material recently be produced on the subject or they just don’t care or believe in the research. All it takes is one. The first one is only the beginning. If a player comes back too soon, the risk of receiving a head injury increases ever so slightly.
It’s not always the hard hits that can rattle someone’s brain. Even something as simple as falling hard on the ice can trigger another concussion.
We like to put words like ‘minor’ or ‘bad’ in front of the word to quantify it, when in reality every concussion is as bad as the next one.
It’s scary stuff when you think about it.
Gone are the days when sitting out a couple of shifts after the initial headache subsides before hitting the ice again.
Now playing through a possible concussion isn’t a sign of toughness. Call me soft if you want, I’m only giving you something to consider.
We don’t know how long it can take someone to get over a concussion and I don’t think presuming to know is doing young athletes any good.
Maybe they come back in a week, maybe it takes longer. With head injuries, playing the long game might be the best bet.
Yet, there are still so many who will come back too soon. What’s more, some parents will allow really young athletes to choose.
The concussion is secondary to the game.
Shouldn’t health be at the top of the list?
With so much information at our fingertips with regards to the human brain and how trauma can affect it, is it really good enough to dismiss a concussion?
I don’t think it is.
We don’t know how long it can take someone to get over a concussion.