Concussions have been around for a long time, and it’s very easy for an athlete to get one. But what if they get one during the game? Of course, they're not going to know at first and they’ll continue playing. That can lead to worse things, like brain injuries, and death. It’s bad to ignore the symptoms, too, if you think you have one. It’s not OK to “tough it out,” because it’s your brain, and you need to rest in order to heal it. You shouldn't play through it. If anything you should try to avoid getting hit to the head.

I think coaches should be more worried when a player hits their head. Some symptoms for a concussion are headache, temporary loss of consciousness, ear ringing, confusion, or feeling as if in fog. Some emotional symptoms are being grumpy, sad, more emotional than usual, and nervous or anxious. Maintenance symptoms are that your body feels tired, drowsy, sleeping more than usual, sleeping less than usual, trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, change in appetite, and changes in energy level. Getting a concussion is very serious, and can lead to many different things. I think coaches should be more worried about when their athletes say they might have a concussion.

Alex Cruz

Shoshone

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