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The Unmarked Detour: A Family's Journey Through Post-Concussion Syndrome (Video)

When her daughter Heidi suffered a concussion warming up in goal before a hockey game in February 2010, litle did Dorothy Bedford realize that the night would mark the beginning of a fourteen-month long recovery from post-concussion syndrome requiring three medical leaves of absences and treatment by nearly a dozen medical specialists.

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Reviewed by Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph.D.

 

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The Unmarked Detour

Thank goodness the parents of Heidi had the good sense to realize concussions are serious. Heidi was also fortunate in that her parents were able to afford the best medical treatment available - most families would not be able to pay for these services.
Our understanding of the impact on lives of head injuries and concussions is still immature but, hopefully, the medical profession's knowledge will grow substantially in the next few years.
Meanwhile, I hope more people will get the message that they need to "Play It Safe" and wear a safety approved helmet while participating in impact sports.

Helmets important, but ...

Thanks for your comment, Karyn. One thing MomsTeam tries to emphasize, however, as much as possible, is that there is NO helmet - whether it be lacrosse, football, hockey, or soccer - that has yet been shown in a peer-reviewed study to prevent mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) (e.g. concussion). A recent study did show that a poorly-fitting football helmet, especially one with an improperly inflated air bladder, does increase the risk of concussion and catastrophic injury, so, to that extent, a helmet is important. Helmets are primarily designed to prevent skull fractures and intracranial bleeds, which can be, and often are, catastrophic or life-threatening.

Lindsay Barton

Senior Editor

MomsTeam.com

The Unmarked Detour

Wow... Our journey is 4+ years right now and I agree with Dorothy Bedford's assessment of so many nuances of this journey. When she commented about how it is the parent's job to communicate between the doctors who are not used to communicating, she impressed me with her eloquent phrasing to describe something so incredibly frustrating! I often felt and still can feel as though I am driving the bus of my daughter's recovery. Also, recovery is a loose description, using the term "improved life" is better. Thank you so much Dorothy for documenting this journey and providing insight as only a mom can.