Massachusetts’ sophomore forward Peter DeAngelo is one of many collegiate athletes who has had to go through a concussion.
DeAngelo suffered his concussion in a game, but it wasn’t from receiving a hit, or any sort of dirty play.
“I got tripped and I slid into the boards, and my head hit the boards,” DeAngelo said.
A concussion can come from a simple play in a game like hockey where a player can fall into or slide into the boards on the ice. When you add the physicality of hockey though, it makes the ice dimensions a lot more dangerous.
Not all concussions are severe, to the point where an athlete can never play again, but they are still dangerous especially for athletes in their youth whose brains are stil growing.
DeAngelo had headaches following his fall into the boards, which required medical attention.
That night (of the injury) I had a really bad headache, and I had some headaches in the next few days which were uncomfortable,” DeAngelo said. “I met with a doctor, and they had me do tests to see if I had a concussion.”
DeAngelo had to remain out of play for a while because his concussion was still
bothering him while he was out.
Luckily for DeAngelo the concussion severity was not as bad as other athletes who have to stay in a dark room because the light bothers them too much. This has recently happened to Boston Bruins center Marc Savard.
The standard protocol is that an athlete has to wait seven days to participate in workouts, after being decleared symptom free.
When making a return from a concussion injury many players have problems performing at the level they did before the concussion.
For an example at the professional level, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron suffered a grade three concussion in November of 2007; he did not make a return to hockey until October of 2008. In that season Bergeron failed to reach 40 points, the first time that had happened since his rookie season. It has taken until this season, three seasons, to be on pace to reach the 70 point mark for the first time since the injury.
DeAngleo’s play like Bergeron’s play has also been affected by his concussion, maybe not in the statistical manner Bergeron was, but it effects how he played right after his return.
“I was a little suspect of going into the corners the next game I had played,” DeAngelo said. “I was worried about getting hit to the head to early.”