by Stuart Thomas
Most say concussions are just bruises on your brain, but concussions are actually much more than that. Concussions are caused by a sudden movement of the brain moving around in the skull, damaging cells and altering regular brain functions.
Some signs and symptoms of concussions are having headaches or pressure, memory loss, sensitivity to light or sound, dizziness or drowsiness, concentration, balance, and feeling slow or foggy. The severity and the cure time can vary depending on how hard the head was hit.
About a month ago, I experienced a mild concussion from colliding with a girl playing field hockey. The symptoms weren’t severe: sensitivity to light, pressure in the head, and slight headaches. The concussion lasted for around three to four days, and only missing three days of school, I got lucky. Like most things, concussions are unique to each individual.
Sophomore Simrin Goodman suffered from her worst concussion for a month or longer after she got hit in the head while playing volleyball. She said her symptoms included headaches, nausea, drowsiness, and trouble focusing. Simrin also shared that she felt depressed during the concussion and it was hard to see that her friends were able to participate in school events. “People shouldn’t brush off concussions since it’s focusing on your brain”, said Simrin.
Freshman, Isabel Long echoed this by stating that they are easier to get than people think. Not being able to concentrate or being drowsy affects going to school, but it affects social life too which most don’t think about. When you are concussed, you can’t really use your phone or go out, especially if symptoms include light or sound sensitivity. Long said, “I felt annoyed and all I could do was lay on the couch for a few days. The worst part was immediately leaving the hospital.” People don’t take concussions as serious as they are because people are focused more on being able to play the sport or be with friends again rather than heal.
Erin Brooks, the main trainer at Monticello High School said that the most common sports she see’s concussions in are volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse. Most would assume that it would be football since it is a contact sport. She also said that if you feel like you have symptoms, you should come get checked out.
“If those initial symptoms are reported, no matter how minor, we could prevent a more serious injury and lessen their time lost on the field or court”, said Brooks.