I Thought I Knew About Concussions – Until My Daughter Got One

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Concussions aren’t a new issue in the world of sports.

For decades, we’ve heard about the increase awareness of the dangers.

Until this school year, though, I never realized exactly how little I knew about them.

Sure, I had heard the Troy Aikman story. He has said that he suffered a concussion early in one of his NFC Championship games and, to this day, does not remember a single play from the game.

Sure, I’ve read the stories about former football players who suffered permanent damage after repeated concussions.

Several times over the past few seasons, younger NFL players shocked the league by retiring early for fear of their long-term health implications.

But in late September, my youngest of three daughters, Rylie, suffered one while working as a freshman student athletic trainer for the Acadiana High football team.

She was hit in the side of the head with an overthrown football while preparing water bottles for practice.

I remember picking her up from practice that day. She had a massive headache. She said it really hurt her.

Unfortunately, none of us realized how accurate that assessment was.

It greatly complicated her life for the next six months.

My vastly uneducated prognosis was that she’d have a headache for a day or so and that would be it.

As it turned out, Rylie wasn’t close to normal until late March. She was finally released to return to school as a full-time student on Wednesday.

It was basically five months of throwing up and headaches every day.

Initially, she seemed a little off, but she’s also a freshman in high school, so some of that was normal.

But this was different.

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