Monday October 24, 2011
Undated--When you think of concussions your mind probably goes straight to the NFL and the big fines handed out for the hits that cause them. But concussions are something we see every week on Friday nights.
"i remember being on the ground, and it almost feels like you're in a dream." said Jacob Lane
"In a dream" might be the best way to describe one of sports' most misunderstood injuries. Concussions, once thought to be no more than a nuisance, have taken the national stage in recent years, and Lakeside's Jacob Lane is no stranger. The senior got his third one earlier this year, and for him, it was much more than a nuisance.
"That night I really couldn't remember anything and just the fact that I had that much memory loss...it scared me." added Lane
And he's not the only one. As concussions move to the forefront of sports medicine, that awareness makes an age old injury a little harder to handle, but maybe that's a good thing.
"I think awareness is one of the biggest things with concussions so they're not something that's disregarded" said Lonnie Hergott "You go back 20-25 years ago where people would get concussions, and a lot of times they'd be disregarded."
The reason it's harder for us to understand is because concussions aren't visual like a broken bone.
"If you're ever listening to a game on the radio, and you're trying to hear it, and it starts to get staticy, you really start to try to concentrate on the words, and you're having trouble hearing them, that's kind of what it's like. It's working. It's just not working right." added Hergott
So even if a player looks healthy, the brain may need more time to heal. That was the case with lane. Even after a week off the field, his return was a slow one.
"When I first got back a little bit, it was hard to concentrate. I still had small headaches here and there. I had to slowly get back into things, simple things like jogging around the field and tossing a football." said Lane
So what's the best way to treat an injury you can't see? Right now, the answer is a little rest and relaxation.
"If you're not bombarding that with more stimulus and not re-injuring it with more exertion, not doing things to make it worse...you know, just like with your sprained ankle, if you're not jumping up and down on it, it's going to help it get better." added Hergott
So, when it comes to concussions, time is the best medicine because coming back before the symptoms are gone leaves a much higher chance at a repeat injury.