Monthly Awareness Campaign for June:
The Green Helmet Campaign
What is the Green Helmet Campaign?
The Green Helmet Campaign was created to bring awareness to sports acquired TBI.
Madison Given’s created this campaign and has been distributing literature (Sports Acquired TBI - a pamphlet for athletes, parents and coaches), lapel pins and even spoken in person in classrooms, to coaches, athletes and parents in California and beyond. Madison is trying to raise funds and awareness in order to pursue a massive media campaign to reach as many young people as possible and others who are at-risk for head injuries.
What is TBI?
TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Injuries
A TBI, commonly called an intracranial, central nervous system or neuro-trauma injury, occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain. Its formal definition is: "Traumatic brain injury is damage to the brain resulting from external mechanical force, such as rapid acceleration or deceleration, impact, blast waves, or penetration by projectile. The brain function is temporarily or permanently impaired and structural damage may or may not be detectable with the current technology." All TBIs should be taken seriously and treated by qualified medical experts. A very common TBI is a concussion; a serious condition which should not be left untreated.
Signs and symptoms of TBI:
Repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions, dilation of one or more pupils, slurred speech, aphasia (trouble with words), weakness or numbness in limbs, loss of coordination, confusion, restlessness or agitation, inability to awaken, ringing in the ears, dizziness, difficulty balancing, severe fatigue and sleep pattern changes. Cognitive, executive and emotional issues may occur and can cause behavioral changes and trouble with relationships. Rehabilitation is critical.
- Wear protective gear to shield your brain/head or appropriate gear for that particular sport.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Be aware of where all teammates are to avoid collisions.
- Be alert at all times.
- Get plenty of sleep and eat a nutritious diet.
- Never practice without a certified and knowledgeable coach or adult supervisor.
- Communicate with your teammates and coach daily.
- Communicate with parent/child if any problems arise.
- Err on the side of caution - it's best to sit out rather than make an injury worse.
- Inform all parties if a collision or injury occurs.
- Document all injuries. Take photos (if visible), record date, time, incident, person in charge.
- Have a medical professional check any bump to the head.
- Ensure program is compliant with the law.
- Make sure all players/coaches are complying with any law, rule or regulation with regard to safety and prevention of TBIs.
- Keep an eye on your teammates. Know when someone isn't acting like themselves. Your observation may prevent further injury or even death.
- Be kind and courteous to all teammates - playing a sport is an honor not a right.
Help for Patients and Families
In the event of an injury, everyone's situation is going to be different; however, it is important to be educated. Research and seek out the best medical professionals in the field.
If you believe that your injuries are more serious than what have been diagnosed, keep searching until you find a provider that believes you, understands your needs, and specializes in your unique situation. Your life may depend on it! Many times injuries can be overlooked or dismissed.
Seek out a good naturopath doctor. A brain injury of any sort, whether minor or major, will take a great deal of nutrients, vitamins and natural remedies to heal. A naturopath doctor is a critical component of your full recovery.
Schedule an appointment with a Physiatrist right away. They are invaluable for getting you the very best medical care possible and they are usually involved from the beginning to the very end of your treatment.
Click HERE for more resources and literature(http://www.greenhelmetcampaign.com/#!resources/c1j92)
This month, hipS-sister will raise funds through the online sales of our lime green left coast. $1.00 from all sales will be donated to Madison Givens/The Green Helmet Campaign so that she can continue to ‘be the change’ and bring awareness to as many people as possible.