One young Davis County teen knows too well the effect a concussion can have.
Her first one came playing soccer, a second in a basketball game.
The first doctor she and her mother went to didn’t make too much of the injury, according to her mother (we are not naming the family for their privacy).
The young athlete was told to sit out for a couple of days and then try getting back. If she got lightheaded or had head pain, she was to immediately stop.
A later doctor told her to wait a week from the last head pain she’d experienced before playing again.
The teen says now she “probably should have sat out longer. Once I started, I felt the same pain,” she said.
“For the basketball one, I sat out for three weeks and I was still having pain like for a really long time, probably a couple months.”
“Some of this is news to me,” said her mother. “She didn’t talk about it because she didn’t want to not play.”
The concerned mother said there is also pressure from teammates and coaches.
“The coach never outright says, ‘We need you,’” she said, “but there’s always that feeling, that undercurrent to get back there and not give it the time it really needs.”
Other symptoms the two discussed were textbook: depression, trouble concentrating, difficulty remembering things.
“When I look back,” said the teen, “like in that year of school, I had a really, really hard time. I was taking really hard classes and before that I honestly think those classes wouldn’t have been that hard. I would lose focus and just not have as quick of a mind as I remember having. But I feel good now,” she said.
For more information check out the Sept. 13 edition of Davis Clipper.