Concussions as we all know are serious sports injuries and can result in brain damage or memory loss if not treated properly. As a hockey player I have seen my fair share of concussions. I had 3 in my 2008 year in high school hockey and believe me I knew when I had one. My first concussion was when I was skating up ice recieving a tape to tape pass up the wing with my head (sadly) down and not up. As soon as I reached the wing I colided with a defensemen and WHACK my helmet went helmet to helmet with his and I litterally flopped my stick to the ice and like instanly fell to ice with my eyes closed. Now I can honestly tell you I do not remember playing that game because the blast to my head was so strong that even my memory was affected. I layed motionless on the ice for a good two minutes before opening my eyes and moving my arms. I titled my head to left vision somewhat blurry and squinted to see two men in blue with latex gloves helping me off with my toe points digging into the ice. I was taken to the locker room and after that I couldn't recall what happended after I got hit. The medics took me to the locker room and saw 3 signs of a concussion.
1. I had a loss of memory. I didn't know what the date was or where I was.
2. My pupils in my eyes were very large very dilated. A deffinet sign of a concussion.
3. I could not make a fist with my hand when I tried to curl it as hard as I could. This is the most important sign because it shows that the nerves of the brain have affected the movement of the tendons and reactions in the arm. This is a result of the concussion's impact on the brain.
4. Thankfully my mouth guard was in my mouth at the time of the collision. A mouth guard is your best friend during a concussion because believe it or not that small piece of rubber takes the majority of the shock from the hit and absorbs it when the player gets hit. Thankfully for me I had it in my mouth when I got smacked.
My other concussion was a head into the boards and my third was a bad fall backwards and a back of the head to the ice. All in all I did recover but concussions are serious and from what I have heard from Tate Forcier's situation it was good that he did not go back into play. You'd be shocked how a concussion can become a contusion which can and in some cases kill you. Here's some advice when playing a sport. When ever you get hit hard or fall hard or get smacked hard to the head and you have a head ache after the impact LEAVE the game and head to the sidelines. A majority of concussions in sports are never fully recognized until after the game. Don't try to be a hero out there be smart and think of the condition of your mind after the hit. If you feel dizzy or dis orientated head to sidelines and let your coach know about how you feel. As the old saying goes better safe than sorry.