Concussion Awareness

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Submitted By Wild32
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Alec Arnold
CMST 210
Advocacy Speech
Ever since I was a kid, sports has always played an important role in my life. Growing up, wrestling and football was my life; everything I did, everyone I met, and why I am who I am was helped shaped by the sports practiced throughout the years.
My knowledge of concussions was very slim growing up until I was in 6th grade. Years before I had never heard of what a concussion is and what kind of tolls it has on a person. In 6th grade, a concussion became aware to me. It was a mild day at practice and we were participating a hitting drill on our other teammates. I remember my dad, who was the coach at .the time, saying “you got to be tough, so lower your head when you hit and don’t be afraid!”. So, me being me, I lowered my head and sure enough I got a concussion. At this point in time, I was so young that I didn’t know what that really was so I didn’t worry about it so much.
One year later, I got the horrific news that a kid I used to wrestle with in practice killed himself because he had a concussion. It caused him to be confused about his life that he decided it wasn’t worth living. Again, I was a little young and I didn’t know him that well to realize how serious the concussions really were so I never really thought about them and basically forgot about it after a couple of weeks.
But… (long pause), one year later, that’s when it all changed.
I remember this day like it was yesterday. One weekend in December, we had a wrestling tournament in Fargo, North Dakota and we were staying in a hotel. Well, we ended up getting snowed in so we had to stay a couple of extra nights and miss school. On the last night, we were all hanging out in each others rooms having a good time when my mom calls me. “Alec I need to talk to you, you need to go into a room by yourself”. These words scared me and I’m thinking “Oh jeez what did I…...

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