Still Feeling The Concussion

by kevingemme on February 3, 2014 - 3:09am


Gino Odjick, the former NHL (National Hockey League) player, is still suffering from the many concussions he has had along his career. In an article that appeared on CBC's website written by Emily Elias, the former NHL enforcer admitted that he had spent time in a hospital recently to treat post-concussion symptoms. Mr. Odjick was interviewed in a symposium in British Columbia hosted by former hockey star Ken Dryden. There were also many athletes, coaches, parents and researchers that were there to learn more about concussions and how to treat them. Dryden, who is now a long time spokesman for concussion awareness, affirmed that the public reaction has changed a lot about body checks in hockey, saying that there is “recognition that body checks, particularly those that impact the head, are not good.” In fact, the province of British Columbia is planning to release this spring a toolkit accessible to parents and coaches to help them understand concussions and treat those injuries properly.


Obviously concussions in sports are concerning, especially because we now know a lot more about their terrible long-terms effects (Gino Odjick is a sad example of that). In my opinion, the idea of a training tool is a good one because it will raise awareness about this type of injury while also helping patients to receive the best treatment possible. The most important thing is that we get more people aware of this issue so that athletes think twice before hitting an opponent to the head. 


This article captured my attention because I am a collegiate athlete. I've played four years of soccer at my school and in my first year I have had 2 or 3 concussions, no pun intended. I knocked two players on opposing teams out cold while trying to win the ball in the air in two separate games. In both cases, the players were taken away by ambulance and I was left with gigantic bump on my head, a minor headache and fatigue. After my second concussion I was forced to sit out for a couple of weeks and could not practice or play what so ever. Being as young as I was, I didn't care and was pissed about sitting out because I love the game of soccer and would do anything to play. Now that I look back on it I know that sitting out until I was fully recovered was the proper course of action because if I had played and got hit again, I may have been permanently injured with brain damage. Most athletes do not want to realize it but concussions are no joke! Believe me. Great post.

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