If you think that you or someone you know has a concussion, please follow or recommend the following course of action:
Speaking up about a concussion can save an athlete’s season or in extreme cases his/her life.
Get checked out by a doctor or healthcare professional.
Only a trained healthcare professional can rule out or diagnose a concussion.
Take time to heal.
Follow guidelines provided by your doctor or healthcare professional. Communicate with parents/guardians, doctor, school nurse, teachers, etc. about symptoms and how you are feeling throughout the recovery process.
To promote a positive and supportive concussion environment among sports and other physical related activities, please visit Team Up Speak Up to learn how you and your coaches, athletic trainers, teammates, etc., can make difference on and off the field.
Share your concussion story!
We invite you to share your experiences with concussion with others. Storytelling is a great way to express your stress, concerns, and even help others understand their own experience.
- Your video should be no longer than 2 minutes in length.
- Your video should focus solely on your concussion and how it affected your life. Your video must not contain any profanity. Identifying details such as last name and town are not advised.
- Questions to consider answering:
- Hi, my name is…
- How did your concussion happen?
- What was the worst part for you?
- How long did it take until you felt better?
- How long were you out of school?
- Did anyone help you get through it?
#MyConcussion Video Submission
- Record your video on a cellphone, laptop, computer, or other device.
- Upload your video to your youtube channel.
- Please name your video title in this format: “#MyConcussion, First Name”
- Send the link to your your youtube video to email@example.com.
- A staff member will review the submission and, if approved, will post the video on sportsconcussion.com.
No assurances can be provided as to whether or not your video will appear on sportsconcussion.com. If your video is selected, you will be contacted via email. For help, please contact us.
Check out some #MyConcussion videos produced by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey:
Alexandria Fitzgerald participated in competitive cheerleading, but after a few concussions she was forced to make some difficult changes in her life.
When Alexandria had her concussions from cheering we didn’t know as much about concussions as we do today, and sadly she was unable to return to her sport. Her story emphasizes the need for proper concussion management to ensure the best recovery possible. Alexandria also talks about some of her symptoms like headaches, migraines, and being sensitive to bright lights and loud noises. She still struggles with short-term memory loss today.
Kyle Gibson was also a junior in high school when he sustained a concussion playing football at an away game. He didn’t tell the coach about his concussion symptoms until after the game was over and after being hit again and again and again.
Kyle had taken a baseline test prior to the football season. When he took a re-test after the concussion, his scores were much lower than the baseline scores. The athletic trainer sent Kyle to a concussion specialist to be sure his concussion was properly managed. There Kyle learned that the best treatment for concussion is rest.
Aaron Bess was a junior in high school and sustained his concussion playing football in a state playoff game. He feels better now but wonders if he will ever remember the summer of 2010.
What would have happened if Aaron had told his coach that he wasn’t feeling well after being hit in the game the previous week? Do you think playing in the playoff game was a good trade-off for what Aaron experienced? Aaron’s story is a good reminder to tell someone whenever you feel symptoms of a concussion. Most concussions heal completely in a couple of weeks; it’s better to miss one game than to miss the rest of the season.
Alec Silverman was only in the sixth grade when he sustained a concussion playing baseball. He never lost consciousness but it was a bad hit and he spent five days in the hospital. The injury, and the road to recovery, taught him quite a bit about sports concussion…
Second impact syndrome is a rare occurrence, but when it happens, it usually ends up in either lifelong disability or death. Scientists don’t know a lot about it but they are studying this phenomenon in order to learn more. It seems to only happen in young athletes: adolescents and those in their early twenties.
What experts do know is that if a person gets a concussion and gets hit again before that concussion is healed, it can set off a chain of events in the brain that causes severe brain injury. The intensity of the hit doesn’t seem to matter. Alight hit or a hard hit can both cause second impact syndrome. In cases of second impact syndrome, immediate medical care is necessary to ensure the athlete’s survival. The consequence of second impact syndrome is just not worth the risk. So if you think you have symptoms of a concussion because of getting hurt in a game or practice, tell someone!
High School Soccer Star Gets Back in the Game
It was a day Alex Lucaci would never forget, if only he could remember it. On November 1, 2007, the Summit High School soccer team was beating league rival Morris Hills in a matchup on Upper Tatlock Field. With just minutes left…