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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Cole Grossinger about his experiences with head injuries. Cole is now a student at the University of Western in London, Ontario. After his second concussion he could no longer play for his school’s volleyball team. We are so grateful that Cole talks about his story for the first time in this much detail.
The American Academy of Paediatrics has reported that emergency room visits for concussions in kids ages 8 to 13 years old has doubled, and concussions have risen 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19 in the last decade. This is quite scary. Almost everyone we talk to these days has an experience in their family or with a friend who has had a severe concussion. It’s an important subject and we hope you share this podcast so people can not only be more aware about concussions, but really understand that it is not safe to hurry back into the game.
In this episode we discuss:
- Cole’s athletic career
- His first concussion in High School
- Symptoms, treatments, recovery
- Taking time off school
- Not hurrying back into the game or into life
- His second concussion in University
- Making the decision not to play anymore
- Filling that void
- What schools/coaches and parents can do
- “Sideline Checks”
- Second impact syndrome and an athlete’s responsibility
- How certain school regions are dealing with concussion
- Cole’s message to parents, coaches and athletes
Links to things we mentioned:
CDC – Heads Up Campaign
Head Case (Stats):
Concussion Rates Double Among High School Athletes: Report
Canada Should Follow Ontario’s Lead in Student Concussion Management Policy – The Globe and Mail
YRAA’s Concussion Protocol
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That was a very interesting and important podcast as an athlete to listen to. From this podcast I learned that it’s important to know the symptoms of concussions, as it is a very serious matter. Cole said many people do not know when they have a concussion and not knowing that you are concussed and getting right back in the game can be very dangerous for you. For example, a few years ago when I was still playing hockey with hitting one of my teammates was hit pretty hard and was down for a few minutes and we all thought he had a concussion, but after taking a break on the bench for a bit he got right back in the game and was hit again. Since then he has not played any sports. So from this I think that all athletes that receive head injuries should be assessed right away and should not enter back in to play until they are given medical clearance.
I agree Maxx, way too many jump right back into games when they shouldn’t. People don’t think long-term, they want instant gratification and put themselves in dangerous situations too often.