Concussions: This is Your Brain on Hockey

December 3, 2015
The Hockey Writers

Neurologists describe a concussion as a neurometabolic cascade. I hear that term and I fall into a dream of psychedelic waterfalls, of fireflies twinkling at twilight, of a seascape speckled by the starry-eyed blinking of the moonlight.

All that could not be further from reality. Sure, sometimes people ‘see stars’ when concussed. Other times they black out. And at other times, they see nothing at all. They may not even know they’ve been concussed. A concussion doesn’t even require head contact. It’s ridiculous that so many of us can earn the same injury but in such vastly different ways, and with different outcomes.

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