Letter from a Mom

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This letter was written by a mom, Krista Stelatos, to the editor of the Brooklin Town Crier in response to an article published in the newspaper regarding head injuries. I share her concern about this serious issue and, therefore, wanted to share her letter with you. Re: ‘Brain Trust’, Brooklin Town Crier, Friday, May 20. I would like to thank Ms. Mulcahy for her article about children and sport-related concussions.  In a community where many of us have our children participating in athletics, stories about concussions  are a sobering reminder that a brain injury could merely be one “header”, “dive”, “wipe-out”, “body check” or “trick” away. Our nine-year old son, having already suffered two concussions in his short life, the most recent during a head-on collision during a soccer match, is suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome.  On a regular basis, he endures sensitivity to light and noise, headaches, dizziness, eye pain, decreased attention span, a lack of short-term memory and a slower speed in which he is capable of processing information. As parents, we cannot emphasize enough the message that ANY head injury should not be taken lightly.  Do not underestimate the lasting effects a seemingly minor bang to the head (even with a helmet) can have.   A concussion, with or without a loss of consciousness, causes temporary impairment of neurological function.  Monitor your child afterwards for any symptoms, seek medical advice, have your child cease activity immediately and REST until symptoms have cleared.  This could take several weeks.  It is worth it! Due to his age and the severity of his successive concussions, our son has been advised that he will not be able to return to contact sports for a few years, which came as very upsetting news to him.  If he wishes a future with sports included, he knows that this healing time is worth that!  His brain has its own timetable and listening to it is critical. Mom: Krista Stelatos, Brooklin

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  • Poor kid. But such a lucky kid that his parents are doing the right thing on his behalf. I just wrote another story about head injuries myself and I still think the importance of head safety — including helmets — is not stressed enough.
    My son was in another hockey tournament on the weekend and yet another teammate suffered a concussion. It’s serious stuff and I think, always, players, coaches, trainers, officials and parents must err on the side of caution. There should be more and better safeguards to prevent these injuries in the first place and protocols in place so, in the case of a collision, the health of a player or individual is top priority. A game lasts an hour, at most two. A head injury can last a lifetime.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Pam @writewrds on
  • Dear Pam,
    You have expressed the issue so beautifully … is an hour’s game worth a head injury that could affect the person for a lifetime? I steered my kids away from hockey (despite it being Canada’s favourite pastime) because of concerns over the violence. One blessing from all of the media attention to concussions is the hockey industry is beginning to look at new rules and improved helmets for hockey players … long overdue!

    Karyn Climans on
  • At least people are talking about concussions now and raising the awareness re: seriousness of head injuries. Of course, my hope is that mandatory helmet laws will be introduced for adults & kids! I also suffered a concussion and I’m convinced it’s affected my ability to remember things.

    Karyn Climans on
  • My bestfriend got a concussion during volleyball. She ran head on into the brick wall. She was advised not to play anymore because of it. Even now if she gets a light tap on her head the room starts to spin. It’s so sad that they downplay concussions.

    Kimberly on

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