Concussions

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Concussions becoming all too common trend in student-athletes

By Eric Villanueva ’11
THE ROUNDUP

Picture the football two yards shy of a first down.

The coach calls a quarterback draw straight up the middle.

The quarterback snaps the ball and follows his blocks.

Somewhere short of the first down, the quarterback meets with a defenseman, leading with his head, who tackles the quarterback for a stop.

Inside the defensive player’s head, as he slams into the base of the quarterback’s shoulder pads, his brain hits the inside of his skull.

As he stands up after the hard tackle, he feels dizzy and foggy.

Though this is a hypothetical situation, this is all too common for Mr. Chris White, Brophy’s head athletic trainer.

In his 25 years as an athletic trainer at Brophy, Mr. White said he has seen hundreds of concussions like the one suffered by the imaginary player, not only in football, Brophy’s highest risk sport for concussions, but in many other sports like soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball and volleyball.