Allyson Dubé’s Concussion Story
I am a 16 year old from Rivière-du-loup, Québec.
|Sport||Years Played||Highest Level of Competition|
|Ice Hockey||9||Middle School|
|Track & Field||3||Middle School|
I have had four diagnosed concussions and one undiagnosed concussions with my longest recovery being 12 months or more.
I didn’t know about my first concussion so I just continued to do my things normally but after three weeks, I went to the doctor and learned that I had a concussion. The recovery has been long due to the three weeks of waiting [prior to seeing the doctor]. After a few weeks, I remembered what had caused this first concussion; it was during a hockey game when I received a hockey stick right on my head by accident. Two years later I got my second concussion, during hockey again, by hitting somebody else in the middle of the ice, which was kind of a big hit. I didn’t take a long time to recover and restarted with playing sports after one month.
I got my third [concussion] 6 months later, by having a baseball bat on my front on physical education, and I see all my invitations to hockey prospect camps go away. Two months later, I got my fourth and last concussion by training kids during their soccer practice. I accidentally received the ball right on the top of my head. It was at this time that I put an end to my hockey career. These days I no longer play sports, I just go swim once a week and each day I still feel the pain on my head.
What has been the most frustrating aspect of your recovery?
Feeling isolated and alone – feeling like no one understands what you are or were going through.
Advice I Would Give To Others
Take all the time your head needs. I know that it’s not a piece of cake to know that you are missing a lot of practice and games but it needs to be like this if you want to return on the field and play many other games.
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