Evidence suggests that ‘normalisation of symptoms’ is an important factor in treating post-concussion symptoms. Often people with this condition are far more distressed than they need to be because of uncertainty as to what is happening to them – a problem made worse by the blank stares they often get when trying to explain their symptoms to those around them (sadly this often includes health professionals). As such I will be publishing links to news stories about the many high-profile figures in sports and other areas who have experienced complications following concussion. You are not alone.
This website was set up during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. One of the earliest events was the women’s slopestyle snowboarding. I heard a couple of mentions of lingering concussion symptoms which had affected some of the competitors. Britain’s Jenny Jones, the eventual bronze medallist, had suffered a serious concussion around two months before the competition, and as a result had been unsure whether she would be able to compete, seeming “likely to miss the games” as she presented with lingering concussion symptoms including slurred speech. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/winter-olympics/10627476/Winter-Olympics-2014-Concussion-nearly-shattered-Jenny-Joness-dream.html
Australian snowboarding star and previous gold medallist Torah Bright had undergone an even more gruelling struggle against concussion symptoms, taking at least a year out of the sport in order to recover from symptoms of concussion following the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. For Bright, any sort of physical activity triggered “intense headaches and instant fatigue” http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/20130205/torah-bright.ap/#ixzz2swFZbIlU . Bright commented that “Hitting your head is quite scary… You need a functioning brain. Even though you can still walk and talk, it’s still quite serious.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/sports/19snowboard.html
Future concussion difficulties looked possible for Czech competitor Sarka Pancuchova, who dropped out after banging her head very hard in the Olympic final – best wishes to her! Here’s a picture of her cracked helmet:- https://twitter.com/AFPphoto/status/432463454222311424/photo/1