My record of concussions
It´s a remarkable thing, concussions. Your most vital organ in your whole body is damaged and you, or nobody else really care. Why should we? It´s not like you´re competing in MMA or boxing, right?
Well, as it turned out you do not have to be a pro boxer to get brain damage. Set aside all the hundreds and thousands "sub-concussive" blows that I´ve received during my sports carrier, we are going to talk about my first "real" encounter with concussions.
April 2012, my very first Nordic Championship, in Sweden. I wasn´t expecting much. I won my first fight, I can remember that fight very well. I also won my second and my third fight, but those two fights I have only seen on tape. They´re wiped out, gone, vanished, deleted from my mind. In the second match, I received a hard blow to my head and fell to the ground, but I got right back up. In the tape, you can see the referee coming over to check if I´m alright, I´m clearly telling him I am, and the game continues.
Now, what had just happened here...? Depending on who you´re asking they will give you different stories. Some would say that nothing happened, not more than that I got some bruises on my face. I would say that I received a concussion. But how is that possible? I stood up, right? I kept fighting, right? I mean, you would have to get knocked out even for the doctor to consider that I have had a concussion?
Wrong! This is what most people get completely wrong. Luckily for me, the doctor at this competition didn´t allowed me to continue fighting in the finals due to my concussion and I got suspended from competing the next 4 weeks.
It can take minutes or even many hours for symptoms to occur.
"There is no such thing as a tough brain", something I later had to find out the hard way.
Because this wouldn´t be my first concussion. If I count all my concussions that has given me symptoms like memory loss, dizziness, confusion and headache, I would at least say 4.
If I count all the sub-concussive blows then? All the blows that I received that wasn´t hard enough for me to notice them, but enough to injure my brain...? I´m even scared of counting only to estimate how many...