Sports Science: NFL Concussions and helmet to helmet collisions

“Sport Science: NFL Concussions and Helmet to Helmet Collisions.” YouTube. YouTube, 20 Oct. 2010. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.

Concussions are not exclusive to American football, although it is the most covered sport as it relates to concussions.  This is a good time to note that in the United States the next most concussive sport, is soccer, the number one sport in the world. Over 100,000 concussions in all level of football. Sixty percent of these come from head to head collisions. On an impact just lasting 15 mila seconds a players head on average experiences a 100 G’s of force and collision of special teams average about 190 G’s of force.  The most shocking facts to me is that this 15 mila second collision is equivalent to being hit in the head with a sledge hammer.

As you know concussions are becoming an epidemic and the effects can be traumatic. In the last 10 years the average number of days a concussed player is out has more than doubled. Even with new helmet technology today they were only able to reduce an 80 G impact to 40 G’s. This is still several times worse than what a F16 pilot experiences and more than enough to cause a concussion or even a neck fracture.

The most shocking fact to me out of all of this was in the 15 mila second collision the force of the hit is equivalent to getting hit in the head with a sledge hammer. This just goes to show how traumatic a concussion can be. I have known people who received a concussion while playing soccer and forcing them to stay out not only for days, but for months. Concussions can be a very dangerous and life changing event, but there is only so much you can do to prevent them.

 

Concussion in Sports- Mayo Clinic

“Concussions in Sports – Mayo Clinic.” YouTube. YouTube, 27 Sept. 2012. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.

Sydney Urzendowski’s life was turned upside down by devastating concussions. She shares her story along with David Dodick, M.D., neurologist and concussion expert at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. After seeking treatment at Mayo Clinic she is now on the road to recovery.  The active teenager from Elkhorn, Nebraska, offers advice to others who think it’s okay to “play through” a concussion.

Sydney used to play soccer and softball. Her life was changed all because she played through her concussion. Sydney suffered concussion from a ball that she headed in a soccer game. Despite from scoring the goal Sydney immediately suffered a headache and dizziness.  Sydney was taken out of the game and tested for a concussion. Red flags popped up everywhere, she had a concussion. Sydney did one of the worst things you can do, she continued to stay very active. She continued going to school and playing her sports, but this all resulted in making the situation dramatically worse.  For two years Sydney had trouble sleeping, extreme headaches, and even depression. When Sydney reached her breaking point Sydney was treated at the Mayo Clinic and slowly but surely returning back to her normal state.

Sydney’s story is just one of many stories that people can relate to. Her biggest message to everyone at the end of the video was to immediately get out of the game if you take any hard blows to the head, it’s not worth it. This story has a happy ending, but it’s heart breaking to see the struggle she went through for two years all because she continued to play through her concussion. I know I can learn and take valid advice away from this video.