In this project, I am focusing on concussions that occur overall in youth sports. Everyone is at risk of a concussion, but children especially are more likely to be a potential victim of concussions. Although we cannot fully eliminate the injury, there are ways to reduce the risk of concussions in youth sports.
According to CDC, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) is a major cause of death and disability in the US (30%). A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head and can range from mild to severe injury, and can even cause death. Concussion is a type of TBI and it is an injury to the brain by falls/hitting the head hard. 33% of all sports concussions happen during practice and approximately 8,000 children are treated in the ER each day for injuries related to sports.
Some common symptoms of a concussion are:
- Balance problems/dizziness
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light/noise
- Concentration problem
- Decline in performance
Sofia and I worked together on this project and we brainstormed some ideas that would prevent concussions in youth sports. Initially, we thought of creating a customized helmet with padding inside and outside for field players, but it was a bit difficult to construct and we saw that it was already in the industry, and we also could not test this out. Then, we thought that if we cannot create a physical item, we can bring awareness to how concussions effect children and teens in sports everyday and how serious they are if not treated.
We created an info graph that explains what is a concussion, what are the common symptoms, what should you do if you think you have a concussion, what are some treatments, and how to prevent concussions/how can you help others as well. We printed a few and handed them out to people in the school and we were hoping to educate them. Here is our info graph that we created: After we individually handed them out, we asked them if they have any opinions or thoughts about concussions and if this was helpful for them to know. 1) We asked Janelle Rey (senior) what she thought about this info graph and she said that it was very informative, information given was clear and easy to follow, and it was good to be informed about concussions to be safe. 2) We also asked Sam Sy (senior), and she said that it was informative as well, aesthetically pleasing, and it is helpful to know how to prevent concussions and what she can do to help others if they might have a concussion. 3) Next, we asked Anna Maria Lyssand (senior) about her opinions and she said that it was interesting that 33% of concussions happen at practice because that means it’s their teammates that are probably the ones hurting them when they should actually feel safest. 4) We asked Carissa Pasco (senior) and she said that she felt very informed after reading this and she knows what to do/how to help if someone she knows has a concussion. 5) Lastly, we asked Audrey Berardi (senior) and she said that she wished her friends who had concussions read this because they went back to school too early and it caused major setbacks.
Overall, we received positive feedback on our info graph. Based on our feedback from students, we believe that it was helpful and it informed the students that a concussion is a serious injury. By providing ways that one could prevent/help others, it helped the students to understand and know how to be safe for themselves and others.