Why Concussions Matter was Started
Jenna Mosenson, a 19-year-old former roller hockey player, started the Concussions Matter, Inc. Foundation. She sustained numerous sports and non – sports related concussions, and her life was changed forever.
The normal daily activities that most people take for granted became a struggle. She would never be able to play contact sports and her dream of representing the USA in international competition could never be fulfilled. This is her story and what she is setting out to accomplish.
The goals of Concussions Matter, Inc. is to bring awareness to and educate the public about sports and non – sports related concussions. It specifically has 4 goals and they are:
Mission 1 – Educate coaches, parents and athletes about concussions. Help them recognize the signs of a concussion, educate people about what to do in the event someone sustains a concussion, and what the follow up treatment and protocol should be, which is so important.
Mission 2 – Work to get all students a baseline test, not just student athletes. There are so many students playing youth sports that are not school sponsored and they need to have baseline testing done. It should be part of a student’s medical exam before entering school.
Mission 3 – Establish support groups for those suffering from the effects of sports and non – sports related concussions. It is important that those suffering the effects are able to discuss their feelings with others who are suffering in a similar manner. Some of the conditions that a person with a concussion can suffer from are:
1 – Blurred vision
2 – Noise & light sensitivity
2 – Memory loss; confusion; feeling like you are in a fog
3 – Headaches, migraines, head pressure
4 – Delayed response to questions
4 – Dizziness, nausea, vomiting
5 – Sleeplessness
6 – Depression, Irritability
Mission 4 – Establish support groups for the caregivers of those suffering from the effects of sports and non – sports related concussions. The life of a caregiver can be frustrating, lonely and depressing. They are trying to find a “cure” for a condition that has no cure. They are constantly running the injured from doctor to doctor, trying treatment after treatment to help their child get better. There is so much frustration and helplessness that can lead to the caregivers feeling depressed and useless. They need to be able to talk to one another about what they are feeling and going through.