Concussion Safety: Why Athletic Trainers Say You Can Never Be Too Safe With The Brain
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a concussion after a big hit in Sunday's game.
And while his status for next week's game is still unknown, we wanted to take a look at concussion safety and the potential long–term impact for not only athletes, but people of all ages.
A lot of Vikings fans are still upset over this hit on QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Many calling it a dirty hit by defensive back Lamarcus Joyner.
The hit knocked Teddy out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.
Mayo Neurologist Andrew Reeves says, "A concussion is when the brain's natural, normal function changes due to impact."
But coaches, parents and athletes at all levels need to be aware of the warning signs and risks associated with a hit to the head.
Troy Hoehn says, "Obviously the most common one is headache, it it's from a blow to the head in any way, even a fall, the headaches, dizziness, sensitivity, concentrating, they just don't feel right."
When it comes to player safety, athletes and parents in Minnesota need to know the athletic trainers and coaches are not just being overprotective; it's the law.
OFC Head Athletic Trainer Troy Hoehn says, "Concussion law for the state states that if they have an incident that could cause a concussion or symptoms we need to pull them from play that day and they can only be returned if they are cleared by a medical professional."
And for a sport that prides itself on toughness, coaches say it's not worth the risk to the brain.
MSU Head Football Coach Todd Hoffner says, "Do not mask, do not hide, do not hold back. This is nothing to mess around with."
And the best way to prevent a concussion?
Reeves says, "Protecting ourselves, including wearing a helmet."
And while helmets can't completely prevent concussions, they can help soften the blow.
Because when it comes to the brain, you can never be too safe.
-KEYC News 12