Shelby’s Story

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20
Sept. 2012. Web. 16 Dec. 2012.

Shelby was a junior in high school when her first concussion occurred. We hear a lot about concussion in football and in soccer, but in this case it was cheerleading. When Shelby received her first concussion her team was doing a stunt called “double down”.  Her head had collided with her teammates. Shelby had done the right thing and took 5 weeks off of cheerleading and then was cleared to go back. A couple months later after returning Shelby received her second concussion, but this time the effects were more serious. Shelby was faced with sensitivity to light and noise, experienced fainting spells, seizures, anxiety, and depression.
After four weeks off of school Shelby had returned back to school on a reduced schedule and on a 504 Plan. The 504 Plan is an implemented when a student has temporary or permanent disability that affects their performance.
As time went on Shelby worked harder than ever to get back to her normal everyday life and ways. It wasn’t easy her grades dropped and she still struggled multitasking, focusing, and short-term-memory. She went from being an honor student from struggling to pass school. Today Shelby can no longer cheerlead she is still involved coaching and helping out anyway possible. Like Shelby stories like these are heard once too often, but these stories are catching the attention of those needed.  CDC has taken action and partnered with AACCA and every summer to distribute CDC “Heads Up” concussion safety materials to cheer coaches and camps, reaching approximately 450,000 middle, high school all star, and college cheerleaders.
When I hear stories like this it just goes to show how serious concussions can be. Hearing about sports related concussions the sports I automatically think are football and soccer, but after hearing about Shelby’s story reminded me of how serious they are in any sport you play. I have never heard a story this serious with facing the struggle of depression. You must be careful in any sport you play.


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