You might have heard the term resilient in reference to sports before, but first, let us define resiliency in general terms. The professionals at Psychology Today define resilience as:
Resilience is not a rare ability; in reality, it is found in the average individual and it can be learned and developed by virtually anyone. Just like athletes have to train their body and muscles, they should also train their brain.
Being an athlete means giving it all and pushing your mind and body to its limits. It takes blood, sweat, and tears. From the definition above athletes easily fit into the description. Now, add the factors of training, competitions, fans, opponents, coaches and trainers, controllable and uncontrollable variables, and injuries. Who better to bounce back from difficult experiences or the face of adversity than an athlete?
Athletes must possess that ineffable quality that allows them to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.
Athletes of all abilities, but especially high-performance athletes, must have resiliency in abundance in order to compete with the dynamics of internal and external conflict. Simply put, they must be mentally tough.
Here at Concussion Care Center we think that resilience should be considered a process, rather than a trait to be had. It is a process of individuation through a structured system with gradual discovery of personal and unique abilities. We know that every athlete is different and that’s why we create individualized Brain Health programs catered to their specific needs and goals. Whether you are pre/post or non injury, gearing up for the next season, or training for your next competition, Concussion Care Center's Brain Resilience Program will benefit your body, but most importantly your brain.
A concussion is a brain injury that happens when you get a “blow to the head”, a “bump on the head”, or a “jolt” to the body that alters the way a person thinks, feels, or behaves. You do not have to become unconscious to have a concussion. Most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness (e.g., “blacking out”, “seeing stars”, etc.) If you have had your “bell rung”, it’s likely that you have had a concussion and are in need of recovery treatment.
Why is it so important?
A concussion can change the way your brain works. This means that it is very important to let your brain heal after you’ve received a concussion, and to not just push through it and play when your body is not yet ready. Doing so can have negative effects on your performance in sport, school, and life.
The concussed brain is particularly vulnerable at this time because if a person sustains a second concussion within a short amount of time, they are susceptible to further injury, prolonged recovery, and in some cases, Second-Impact Syndrome, which can result in long-term brain damage or ever death.
The human brain is rapidly growing and developing until you’re 25 years old, and because you only have one brain, and it needs to last until you’re older, it’s vital to keep yours as safe as possible during this time.
WHAT DOES A CONCUSSION FEEL LIKE?
Physical Symptoms (BODY): headache, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, dizziness, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, visual problems, numbness or tingling, and sometimes neck pain.
Cognitive Symptoms (MIND): fogginess, feeling “slowed down”, trouble concentrating, troubles with memory, change in smell, change in taste, and sometimes ringing in the ear.
Emotional Symptoms (FEELINGS): irritability (grumpy), sadness or depression, more emotional than usual, and nervous or anxious.
Maintenance Symptoms (ENERGY): fatigue (body is tired), drowsy (mind is tired), sleeping less than usual, trouble falling or staying asleep, change in appetite, and change in energy levels.
It’s Better to Miss One Game than the Whole Season…Or Your Whole Life.
Most athletes are unlikely to report concussion symptoms because it will take them out of “the game”. Here at Concussion Care Center, we won’t take you out of the game, we will get you back in it.
Reporting symptoms to a coach, parents, or trainer is the first step to recovery. The mext step is where we come in. We are the pioneers of brain injury rehabilitation and prevention. Treatment programs for concussions and other brain injuries have been obsolete, until now.
Don’t Hide It. Report It.
Take Time to Recover.
Become a Brain Resilient Athlete.
Educate yourself on what a concussion is, how it feels, and what to do in case it ever happens to you. Talk to your family doctors, coaches, athletic trainers, parents, and teammates about it. The more you know about concussions, the better prepared you will be if you ever receive one.
How many sports concussions occur each year?
- An estimated 1.6 – 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur in the United States each year.
- During 2001-2005, children and youth ages 5-18 years accounted for 2.4 million sports related emergency department (ED) visits annually, of which 6% (135,000) involved a concussion.
How can sports concussions be prevented?
- Make sure that while participating in sports or recreational activities you or your children:
- Use the right protective equipment for the sport or activity, and be sure that it is properly fitted and maintained and worn correctly and consistently.
- Follow safety rules and those for the sport.
- Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
In what sports are concussions most often reported?
- Among high school athletes, concussions are most often caused by contact with an opponent, a team mate, the ground, or a piece of equipment or object in the playing area.
- In organized high school sports, concussions occur more often in competitive sports, with football accounting for more than 60% of concussions.
- For males, the leading cause of high school sports concussion is football; for females the leading cause of high school sport concussion is soccer.
- Among children and youth ages 5-18 years, the five leading sports or recreational activities which account for concussions include: bicycling, football, basketball, playground activities, and soccer.
What should you do if you think you or your child has had a concussion?
- Seek medical attention right away.
- Do not return to play with a known or suspected concussion until evaluated and given permission by an appropriate health care professional. Second concussions that occur before you have recovered can be very serious.
- Tell your coach or trainer about any recent concussions or head injuries.