Examples of a Figure Skating Related Concussions:
That story is one of many examples of figure skating related concussions.
One ice skating parent remembers that her child had short-term memory loss and believes her child's personality was altered after her daughter suffered a blow to the head when she was skating.
An adult figure skater remembers having two concussions as a child. She wears a helmet today while skating to prevent future concussions.
Figure Skating Concussions:
- A hard blow to the head can cause a concussion.
- All types of concussions are serious.
- Concussions may be present even if a person remains conscious after a blow to the head.
- A concussion is a serious brain injury.
- Recognizing a concussion as soon as possible may prevent death or future head injuries.
- After a first concussion, there are increased chances of additional concussionss.
- Repeated concussions can cause brain damage.
- A person who has a concussion may say that he just doesn't "feel right."
- The person may be bothered by noise and light.
- A person who has a concussion may have problems with balance and get dizzy.
- A person with a concussion may be confused and may not be able to pay attention.
Other early symptoms of a concussion include:
- Memory loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pupils unequal in size
- Blurred vision
As the concussion progresses, there may be memory disturbances and irritability. A person's personality might change and an individual may have trouble sleeping. He or she may not be able to focus or concentrate.
Depression May Follow a Concussion:
How to Respond If You Suspect You or Another Skater Has a Concussion:
- Don't ever ignore a blow or bump to the head. Even if you feel like all is fine, tell a coach or parent that there may be a concussion issue.
- See a doctor or medical professional immediately.
- Concussions take time to heal. Don't go right back to skating and to the rink until a doctor says it is okay to return to normal activity.
Recommendation For Figure Skating Coaches Regarding Concussions:
- Figure skating coaches must do all they can to prevent injuries.
- Safety must be a priority for skaters.
- If a coach sees any change in a skater's behavior after a fall that may have involved a blow to the head, he or she should insist that a skater leave the ice and rest.
- A coach must educate parents and skaters about concussions. He or she also may need to insist that a skater gets seen by a doctor before returning to the rink.
- If a possible concussion occurs during a skating competition or competition practice, a coach may need to encourage a skater to withdraw from the competition or event..
- Ice skating teachers should recommend that young children wear a helmet during tot learn to skate classes and also during public skating sessions.
More About Concussions In Sports:
- Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports - From the CDC Center of Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC's Heads Up Online Concussion Training Course For Coaches
- Youth Sports Concussion Safety Center - From MomsTeam.com