Impact of Concussions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20      
  Sept. 2012. Web. 30. Jan. 2013.

           Straight A student and soccer star what can be better? For Sarah this all changed just from her concussion she suffered in soccer. Sarah’s stated, “For me, recovering from the concussion was harder than recovering from other injuries I’ve had. When I got a concussion, I expected to sit out some games, but I never realized that it would actually hurt to think.”  Sarah’s biggest struggle she faced was here everyday school life. She required support and constant communication between her doctors, parents, and teachers. For two months Sarah could not stay through a full day of school without her symptoms causing a distraction. Sarah said, “My concussion didn’t just sideline me from sports; it also sidelined me from school. Before my injury, I was taking advanced classes. Immediately afterward, I couldn’t even do simple math problems in my head and couldn’t keep up with the lessons. Without extra support, my injury could have had a significant negative impact on my academic record.” After a long four months of appropriate recovery Sarah made a full recovery. She is now successful in her school work and on the sports field.
           Concussions can have a drastic impact on you in school. You may need to take rest breaks as needed, spend fewer hours at school, be given more time to take tests or complete assignments, receive help with schoolwork, and/or spend less time on the computer, reading, or writing. While most athletes do recover quickly and fully there are some who may experience what Sarah experienced. The most important thing is to make sure you recover the right way and fully.

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The Pressure of Sports

Miller, George. The Prentice Hall Reader. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.
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           Being cut from a sports team can be heartbreaking especially to a kid. Cut from a team that all your friends are on can be so disappointing and a letdown. Bob Greene a grown man still remembers the time when he was twelve and being cut from his Junior High Basketball team. He had walked up to the piece of paper tacked to the bulletin board and looking up to see his name on the cut list. Holding it together as best as he could he walked about of the gymnasium and made his way home, but cried all the way home. This story was only one of many stories of people being cut from a sports team.
           Bob Graham is a successful thirty-six year old partner with the Jenner & Block law firm in Chicago. He was sixteen when he was cut from his baseball team. Graham said, “…baseball was my whole life.” Being cut from the baseball team had to be one of the hardest things he went through as a high school teenager. He said, “The cut list went up. I did not make the team. Reading that cut list is one of the clearest things I have in my memory. I wanted not to believe it, but there it was.” Maurice McGrath, Author Malcolm MacPherson, and Dan Rather all successful men in life had all experienced this sometime in their life. This memory is one never forgotten by them, but without the struggle on the way they may have never turned out as successful as they are today.
           When you’re cut from a team it is probably one of the most heart wrenching things you can experience as a kid growing up. I have seen it happen to girls many of times who I have played soccer with all my life. When you are only a kid a sport means so much to you. Although these men were cut from sports team growing up I believe everything happens for a reason and if they didn’t get cut from this team they might not be the successful people they are today. Again this subject may be off topic, but I think is an important factor to concussions. The pressure for kids to make “the team” is being put on them more now than it ever has. Not is the pressure on for making “the team” but for sucking it up when they get hurt and staying in the game.

Sports Evolving

Miller, George. The Prentice Hall Reader. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.    Print

           Getrude Ederle swam the English Channel in 1926 and did it two hours faster than any of the men who had preceded her to be a “weak women”. Ederle had proven every man wrong who had doubted her. Forty-one years later a woman named Kathrine Switzer ran a marathon. Now the fact that she ran a marathon is amazing just itself, but the fact that she ran a marathon when no women were allowed to run makes it more amazing. Switzer entered the Boston Marathon as number 261. She was physically ready and mentally ready to conquer this marathon. As she begins a man attempts to stop her from the rest of the race but is unsuccessful. Switzer proceeds on with the marathon and finishes the whole marathon. Kathrine Switzer gained the attention of every newspaper around. It wasn’t for another five years in 1972, before women were allowed to run.
           This is where Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 began. This law stated that gender discrimination was illegal, making millions of girl’s athletes. Mia Hamm, Gabby Reece, Rebecca Lobo, and Lisa Leslie were all women who became shining women athletes. Without this law women would not have the great opportunities that they have had. Little girls would not have role models to look up to in life.
           I’ve learned I shouldn’t take the sport I play for granted, because without these strong and ambitious women in history we would have never had the right to play. People fought for our right to play the sport we love and we should embrace it. Today one of my biggest inspirations is Carli Lloyd who plays on the Women’s National Soccer team and without Title XI being passed I would not be able to look up to her as the female athlete she is today. Although this post is a little off topic I thought it would be a good reminder on how far sports have evolved from then to now.