CONCUSSION PROTOCOL - NOT JUST FOR KIDS
Last night I played soccer and stopped a shot with my face. I kept my footing but went down on one knee to make sure my teeth were all there (and not in the turf) and to get my bearings. I had a nose bleed and went off to get that under control. Some ice and a towel made everything better and I resumed playing as soon as my nose stopped bleeding.
That scene has played out for me several times in soccer and in other sports, and I have never thought much about it afterward. I had a bit of a revelation though when a teammate was asking me questions like the date, which I know, as a soccer parent, is part of the concussion protocol.
Whenever a child is hit in the head, I expect the coach to follow the protocol and I have been the "mean" Mom who makes my child wait the prescribed number of days before resuming games.
But when I get hit in the head I make sure that I am not bleeding, or that I don't get blood on my jersey, and that my nose and teeth aren't broken - yes, vanity - and that's it.
Am I impervious to concussion? No.
Do I understand the risk of concussions and particularly of repeated concussions? Yes.
So why do I not apply the protocol to myself? Great question. I need to practice what I preach and become a better role model and take better care of my brain. I am also going to make sure I have a towel in my bag in case of a nose bleed.
Here are some resources about concussions:
BIRTHDAY PARTY PLANNING
Do you look on Pinterest for Birthday Party ideas, save them diligently and then 8 weeks or so before your child's birthday realize that 2 months is no longer enough time to plan a child's birthday party?
I know I have had wonderful ideas for my kid's parties and then been unable to get a reservation because I didn't plan it 4 to 6 months ahead.
When we opened Urban Futbol I wanted to eliminate some of the challenges and frustrations I have experienced trying to plan a fun filled birthday party for my children.
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
As the new year approached were you thinking about your New Years Resolution?
I was thinking that I had had more to eat and drink over the holidays than I originally planned and began to feel guilty and then started thinking about a new years resolution. Then I stopped.
I have, over the years, made significant changes to myself - physical, educational, spiritual. And not one of those changes came about because of a new calendar year. They happened because I wanted to make the change, internal resolve, if you will. The internal resolve may have initiated from a health concern, or family as motivation - it could be something else entirely too. I also considered that taking time with family and loved ones and eating a bit more doesn't need a resolution to correct, I just need to go back to the way I eat for the rest of the year.
We all can and do make changes in ourselves that we truly want and are internally motivated to achieve, sometimes drastically and sometimes incrementally, and the rest of the time we just live our lives, driving our kids to soccer practice.
So happy new year to you and if you have a resolution I wish you success in achieving it, and if you don't that's ok, I don't have one either.