Concussions in sports have become far too common, and are hurting players' chances at not only playing again, but also at living normal lives. Trent Green of the Miami Dolphins is the latest casualty. Sources say he sustained a grade 3 concussion in his game against the Houston Texans on Sunday. A grade three concussion means Green lost consciousness for more than five minutes, and had amnesia for 24 hours or more after the incident. He did fly back to Miami on the team plane, which is positive news, but he may miss the rest of the season as team doctors take all precautions that they can. After all, Green's life is more important than a football game.
When it happens to professionals, it is often because enormous, muscular athletes collide at such high speeds. In Green's case, it was because he was kneed in the head at top speed by a very large man. But in high school games across the country, young athletes are getting concussions as well. One reason for the rash of concussions, at least in high school athletics, may be that helmets don't fit properly. Another reason may be that young athletes don't fully understand the consequences of playing with a concussion, refuse to tell the coach they have had one, and continue to play, at risk for another, more serious head trauma. Whatever the reason, the only real way to curb the trend is by educating people on the dangers of a concussion. Hopefully they get the message before it is too late.