Concussions in Contact Sports

November 10, 2019 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

Concussions in Contact Sports

UM soccer player Payton Agnew has had seven concussions throughout her soccer career. When it happened she says she can’t track the ball she gets nauseous and is sensitive to light. Yeah it’s almost disoriented when I like lay down the room spins its kind of like being drunk but worse. Agnew was very familiar with the effects of her concussions but not with their severity. Until she met researcher Thomas Rau a UM professor who is working to find a way to definitively measure traumatic brain injuries. We’re saying you have to be able to diagnose them better and manage them better so the players don’t have permanent brain damage. Women are more likely to receive concussion and soccer than any other sport. Roughly fifty percent of women will receive a concussion while out here on the field. Through specific testing exercises Rau was able to determine the severity of Agnew’s concussions. They turned out to be one of the most severe cases he had seen his study. Agnew said she knew they were bad but had no idea just how bad they really were, for the first time in her life she had support specifically for her injury. Rau says he wants to change the way people handle and recover from the most common injury in contact sports by providing more awareness about the injury. with Rau’s help Agnew’s coaches were able to make accommodations to help keep her safe on the field. When we’re practicing she doesn’t head the ball. She will still head it in games occasionally but we try to just avoid any of that during practices because it’s not really worth it. Since her diagnosis Agnew has adjusted some of her techniques on the field to prevent further injury. for UM news I’m Braly Whisler

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