Hi Friends, I’m so excited to share with you something that I think is pretty terrific! As many of you know after my cheerleading accident in 2012 I was left with a concussion that lasted for two months. At that time it was not mandatory that all high school athletes were required to take a baseline concussion test before they ever stepped onto a field or court. Because of this there was no way to accurately tell when and if my brain had fully healed. This resulted in a long process for me of healing and resting my brain so we could be sure it was safe for me to return to normal everyday activities. I took a poll on social media and out of 50 people 50% had taken a baseline concussion test, 25% hadn’t, and the other 25% didn’t even know what it was. Today it has become more common and even mandatory that schools and professional teams require all athletes to take a baseline concussion test before starting a sport, however we need to reach a point where it is required by every single person in their life so they will have a marker no matter who they are, we also need to encourage people to take this test regularly as they age. In athletics today it has become not if you get a concussion but rather when. “Athletes today are bigger, stronger, and faster than ever before.”
So let me take a moment to educate you a little bit on concussions and what exactly they are. The CDC describes concussions as a “type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.” The CDC estimates there are between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports related concussions every year, this classifies it as an epidemic. So what symptoms are associated with concussions and what should you do if you think you might have one? Also how can you prevent yourself from getting a concussion when playing a sport or being active? The CDC says that concussion symptoms may show immediately after the event or it could take hours or days to realize. Here is a list of signs and symptoms that someone might observe in a person with a concussion: loss of consciousness, moves slowly, appears to be dazed or confused. Here are symptoms you might feel if you have experienced a concussion: headache, nausea, vomiting, memory problems, or dizziness. There is no solid way to prevent a concussion so the biggest key is to be aware of the signs and symptoms so that if it happens you are able to take the steps needed to protect and care for yourself.
This is when my super exciting news comes into play. I recently teamed up with a sportswear brand called Protect Your Skull, this brand was designed by two former athletes to bring awareness about concussions and traumatic brain injuries to the game. I’m so excited to share this awesome brand with you! While more has been done recently to bring awareness to concussions and TBI there still isn’t enough done, that’s why brands like Protect Your Skull are so important because they get people talking about something that isn’t talked about enough and concussions are a big one. I’m really so excited about this because I am a huge advocate for bringing awareness to things and this specific cause is very close to me. The only way we can truly make a change is by beginning to discuss such topics and funding research. Below I have attached some of my awesome PYSkull gear! I’m so excited to wear it and remind others about concussion safety!
You can purchase your own Protect Your Skull gear online at their website http://www.protectyourskull.com You can also follow them on their social media platforms to watch this awesome brand evolve into something truly amazing instagram: @protectyourskull twitter: @pyskull
Just because you haven’t been directly impacted by concussions and traumatic brain injuries doesn’t mean you won’t, these can happen to anyone and everyone. Again, the key to success is to understand what a concussion looks like and what you can do to Protect YOUR Skull.
A huge thanks to the creators of Protect Your Skull for allowing me to share such an awesome brand with you all. It’s so reassuring to know there are others out there too fighting to bring awareness.
For more information on concussions visit the CDC’s Heads Up page: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/concussion_prevention.html