MORE AND MORE ATHLETES, PARENTS AND COACHES ARE BECOMING
AWARE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF CONCUSSIONS.
-- MICHELLE --
AND YET, THERE'S STILL A TOUGHNESS ASSOCIATED WITH
PLAYING SPORTS THAT DOESN'T ALWAYS MAKE IT EASY TO
ADAM SCHRAGER JOINS US NOW WITH THE STORY OF A YOUNG
WOMAN WHO WISHES SHE HAD LISTENED TO HER BODY A FEW
IF SHE HAD, SHE MIGHT
HAVE RESTED AFTER EARLIER CONCUSSIONS.
AND WE MIGHT BE SHARING THE STORY TODAY OF MADDY VINCENT
GOING OFF TO A BIG-TIME UNIVERSITY TO PLAY HOCKEY.
INSTEAD, SHE'S NOW JUST TRYING TO COMPLETE A 30-MINUTE
RUN WITHOUT BECOMING SICK.
MADDY'S FOCUS IS DIFFERENT AS SHE HEADS OFF TO COLLEGE
BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE.
So, you're feeling ok now?
Yeah, I'm feeling a little bit better now...
LIKE SO MANY COLLEGE FRESHMEN, MADDY VINCENT IS GETTING
A CHECK UP BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS...
Follow my finger with your eyes...
BUT MADDY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HER DOCTOR IS CLOSER
SHE'S SEEN HIM COUNTLESS TIMES OVER THE LAST THREE
I was an aggressive player, so I was always the one
who was going to get hit and I always seemed to be
I always tried to play through it.
But when I got my concussion, it was something different.
It's always difficult to tell an athlete they shouldn't
play the sport they love forever...
THAT'S WHAT DR.
GREG LANDRY SHARED WITH THE THEN-SOPHOMORE HOCKEY
STAR IN WAUNAKEE WHEN SHE SUFFERED A MAJOR CONCUSSION.
She was pretty miserable and I can see in her eyes,
she's feeling better...
THE MISERY OF CONSTANT HEADACHES, NAUSEA AND MEMORY
LOSS WAS INITIALLY MIRRORED BY HAVING TO ABANDON THE
SPORT SHE LOVED.
It is what it is and I've accepted it now.
It took a while, but I got there.
I had to stop and it's probably the smartest thing
I've ever done.
LANDRY UNDERSTOOD WHAT SHE WAS GOING THROUGH, BUT
HER FRIENDS DID NOT
I didn't feel normal for like six months after my
concussion and that feeling just was awful.
I hated feeling like that...
IT'S WHY SHE WANTS TO SHARE HER STORY.
TO MAKE SURE THE ONLY VISITS YOUNG ATHLETES SPEND
AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE ARE FOR PHYSICALS.
AND NOT FOR TREATMENT.
If you get hit and you feel dizzy, if your coach tells
you to go back in the game, tell 'em you don't feel
normal, you gotta stand up for yourself...
THAT'S THE KEY MESSAGE FROM MADDY VINCENT TO HIGH
TAKE YOUR HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY.
NOW, HER CONCUSSION WAS TWO-PLUS YEARS AGO.
SHE STILL SUFFERS FROM SOME SYMPTOMS.
SHE'S GOING TO BUTLER UNIVERSITY THIS FALL, IN PART,
BECAUSE THE SMALLER CLASS SIZES HELP HER FOCUS AND
HELPS HER RETAIN INFORMATION.
-- ERIC --
ADAM SCHRAGER, THANKS.