Peggy Reisher, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Nebraska, hopes the movie raises public interest in concussions, as there’s still a lack of understanding about the symptoms, treatment and challenges of dealing with the injury.
“We’d like to draw attention to some of the work that’s being done across our state already on concussion awareness,” Reisher says. “We’re seeing that it takes a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of conversation. That conversation revolves around movies such as this and a lot of the other work that we’re doing.”
Reisher says her group isn’t calling for people to stop playing football or other contact sports, but rather that they be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and to respond accordingly and immediately.
“The message is managing the concussion so you don’t have catastrophic injuries as the result of a second hit,” she says. “By providing people with the right tools to understand how to best manage concussion is really where we need to go in our state.”
The Brain Injury Association of Nebraska and members of the Nebraska Concussion Coalition have commended the state for having legislation known as the Concussion Awareness Act and the Return to Learn Amendment already in place.
However, they are finding many schools, parents, players and licensed health care professionals lack the awareness and understanding of how to properly manage concussions.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney