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Dealing With ConcussionsPosted Monday, June 20, 2011, at 2:43 PM
I'm pleased to see more attention being placed on athletes, and others for that matter, who suffer a concussion.
There are times when an athlete who has suffered a head injury shouldn't be allowed to return to action just because his or her presence is needed in the game.
While walking up and down the sidelines covering a high school football game, the coach asked me if a talented receiver, who was sitting on the bench after receiving a hit on his head, was coming around ok.
Please don't take the answer I gave him after checking on the receiver as being funny.
"He's at the prom right now and having a great time," I informed the coach. "He's through for the night. Looks serious to me."
The coach kept him out of the game. As I recall this young man never played again. He had a history of temporarily losing consciousness after a hit in the head area.
I've had a concussion from helmet-to-helmet contact.I continued to play but for s day or so it seemed some thought from the past was in my mind and couldn't come all the way through. There was also a headache for a couple of days.
One thing that alarmed me once was a young assistant coach who had his players line up five yards apart and at full speed intentionally collide helmet to helmet. He though that drill would "toughen them up."
Helmets simply don't absorb that kind of contact.
Too often I've seen people involved in vehicle accidents and receive head injuries. Some took years to come completely back.
Have you ever had a concussion? How did it bother you?
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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.