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-- warning for our young athletes a recent study wiping out the idea it takes up to two weeks to recover from a concussion.
That children and young adults with previous concussions may need even longer to heal.
With more on this Taylor Twellman.
Former Major League soccer player and creator of think Taylor a foundation to bring awareness to traumatic brain injuries Taylor welcome to the show thanks for coming on.
I know -- you have had your own experience with this but I think there are a lot of parents out there who just don't realize what their kids are up against.
No they don't in the question that I mess all the time is do we know.
Anything about concussions now in 2013.
In my injury happened in 2008.
And too often Gerri we hear about back in the day when reality is my injury happened August 30 2008 my life changed forever.
Two things that parents need to realize is that no one can caution is the exact same as another so.
I could fall off this chair I'm sitting right here in front of the camera get a concussion.
My concussion can be very different than years.
And that's that's that that's the problem with recovers the other one is the one injury that takes away your life is a traumatic brain injury.
You can sprain your ankle you can break -- -- to break your leg you can do so many things right you can have surgery on and fix.
You can't have surgery and a dramatic brain injuries so if you're not aware you're not educated.
And you make the wrong decision after getting that initial concussion.
It takes away your life from -- that life right now well tell us about what happened -- you.
August 30 2008 I was playing in -- -- soccer game New England Revolution -- plan.
David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy and in my family was in town in to make a long story short.
The ball came in the goal keeper miss the ball punched me right in the face and the biggest issue though Jerry was not that initial injury I played the next eight weeks.
The next eight weeks never diagnosed with a concussion.
Never once got an X ray on my neck never once got an MRI now and right now I'm in the battle for the rest my life I have permanent brain damage.
I haven't worked out for years I haven't gone new movie other than twice in those four years and just start to read the books and -- you know it's just the way in my life is now and that's why I started thing Taylor died or because someone needs to start talking about it and I guess that's me.
You know it.
You think about kids playing football you think about kids playing -- sports even soccer you know they're running down that field pell -- with.
And you know is out of this survey that we've been talking about the recovery link from a concussion.
For kids and young adults.
Twelve days without a prior concussion.
28 days with severe several previous concussions.
I don't think people know those facts they don't know those statistics you yourself played for what eight weeks after you've got a concussion.
People need to be aware this mom and dad need to say all right okay it's high school -- -- Who cares you're sitting out.
Well exactly here's a story -- and our society.
In Little League Baseball we have if you throw 65 pitches you have to set out a minimum of three days.
We don't have a hick town football we don't have a head count -- soccer.
We're more worried about in Little League Baseball our society.
Is more worried about an elbow in a rotator cuff.
And Jerry you bring up helmets listen -- how much stop anything hockey and football -- have a concussion problem.
Well not necessarily wearing a helmet -- -- -- educated and aware and I just don't.
It what's interesting about these studies of saying -- 28 days listen Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with a mild concussion.
Asked him -- the nineteen months went after he was diagnosed with a mild concussion it's time we get rid of mild.
We time we get rid of moderate severe if you got a concussion you got a concussion that's like saying your mildly pregnant -- you're not either your pregnant or -- Well the player you just mentioned famous hockey player very well known fact from candidate came -- -- play hockey.
-- -- from what you're saying this has been a very tough time for him.
Let's educate people for just a second possible concussion symptoms headaches nausea dizziness vision problems.
Sensitivity to light and sound balance and -- vision problem.
If you're young kid has one of these.
You want to think about it you wanna get to get some action see a -- sit out you know we set out right Taylor.
Of course seeing there's a saying that's popular going around -- soccer right now that I use when in doubt sit them out because if you have any.
Doubts set out in if you're wrong guess what your life's not going to be in what mine is the for the rest of my life.
You made the right decision OK you miss that you soccer game are that youth football game but so what you got your brain you'll only get 11 ticket at life.
And you need your brain to do everything it right the -- I struggle a little bit bigger than bowling you know didn't -- bad joke or whatnot I've got to have from my brain work and.
Well you sound great to -- Taylor but I think -- device that is I've got.
-- Jerry that's not the pop with a good job thanks for coming on great advice and I know people are eager to hear that Taylor thank you.
Thank you --
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