Yesterday, this headline from CBC News in Calgary caught my attention: “Sports-related brain injuries among children on the rise.” The article covers a report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information about a large increase over the past 5 years in ER visits for concussions. (Visit the link above to view the interactive infographic displaying the number of ER visits per sport per year.)
I’ve disliked football for years now. It is hard for me to watch because the tackling feels so violent. With the research spotlight turned on to sports-related concussions, now we know that it in fact is too violent, causing professional players to suffer from long-term brain damage like chronic traumatic encephalopathy and early dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Heartbreaking.
Having had a non-sports-related concussion, which my doctor said typically takes longer to recover from than a sports-related concussion (my symptoms still continue after 17 months, albeit somewhat diminished), I can guarantee none of my kids will be allowed to play football. Continue reading “How to recover from a concussion in 12 steps”