Rowan Cheshire: Concussions Left Me With Panic Attacks

Source: | Re-Post Duerson Fund 2/27/2018 – 

The Sochi Olympics were historic for Team GB. They won a record-equalling four medals, including a first-ever medal on snow in Jenny Jones’ snowboard slopestyle bronze.

Halfpipe skier Rowan Cheshire was also being talked about as a medal prospect in Russia having won a World Cup a month earlier. But her Games ended dramatically before her event began.

The then 18-year-old was training on the Olympic halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, when she made a mistake. Cheshire landed on her head, knocking herself unconscious and breaking her nose.

“I don’t remember anything, just waking up in the hospital and wondering what the hell was going on,” she told BBC Sport.

It resulted in a severe concussion and was the first of three head injuries over the next 18 months, which Cheshire said caused “severe side-effects” that changed her life and almost saw her leave the sport.

“It’s not just a headache or a little bruise to the head, there’s a lot of backlash – I couldn’t even look at my phone without getting migraines,” said the skier.

“As well as the physical stuff, there was the emotional side – I’d get anxious and have a breakdown or a panic attack at just little situations and have to come home.

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