A Former Football Player’s Quest for Concussion AwarenessA young man from White County IN that suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while playing high school football for the Frontier Falcons has written a book about his experience, according to WANE. It chronicles a story of recovery, even as it highlights the challenges of TBI diagnoses.

A Hit to the Head

It was 2006, and Cody Lehe’s team was competing in the state sectionals. Following a blow to his head, the student was immediately aware that something felt different. In the aftermath of the incident, Cody had a headache, and there was light sensitivity as well.

CT Scan Clear

That same night, his family took him to the emergency room as a precaution, but the CT scan did not show anything abnormal. Within a few days, the student athlete was back at practice. There was a moment when he sustained another hit to the head that was considered relatively light. This second impact within days of the first one affected the young man to the degree that years of work with a therapist have followed. The team of two now work on speech, coordination and muscle memory.

Therapist and Patient Collaborate 

Together, Cody and his therapist also decided to embark on a journey to write about the injured player’s experience. Now, Cody attends book signings where dozens of people purchase the 150-page book. He dutifully reminds attendees of the need to respect the warning signs of a concussion.

Concussion Awareness

Cody’s family is clear that they don’t want other students to stop playing football. But they do want others to take concussion symptoms seriously. Book proceeds go toward promote concussion awareness. The family has also donated dozens of books to local schools to increase awareness through education.

In general, protocols now exist to deal with concussions and blows to the head. Coaches and others in positions of authority have a responsibility to fully adhere to such protocols. Medical personnel must also maintain a standard of care that provides proper diagnosis and treatment of TBIs.

According to clearedtoplay.org, 50% of “second impact syndrome” incidents result in death. There are three times as many catastrophic high school football injuries as college football. And 15.8% of football players who suffer a concussion resulting in loss of consciousness return to play the same day.

When such an injury and/or its treatment is potentially linked to negligent conduct, compensation may be sought for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses. To discuss the details of a brain injury sustained by you or someone that you know, contact Wilson Kehoe Winingham. A free, no-obligation consultation may be scheduled.

 

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