I’m a 28 year old rugby player. I started playing rugby in grade 9 and quickly fell in love with the game. I loved the challenge, intensity, camaraderie, and social aspects of the game. I trained very hard and found … read more

In the summer of 2009 I was injured in a crash in a cycling race in Canada. I do not remember the crash, or about five to ten minutes after it, although I am told that I was talking the … read more

Concussions were never something I took seriously until I had to quit hockey because of them. I am currently 21 years old and haven’t been able to play contact sports for more than 5 years. I was playing high level … read more

Statement of Alexis Ball Albuquerque, New Mexico Before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Hearing on “Concussions and the Marketing of Sports Equipment” October 19, 2011  Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Hutchison, and Members of the Committee, … read more

October 10th 2009, I remember this game more vividly than any game I’ve ever played, even the ones that won my team and I gold medals, or trophies. I was playing for the London Lynx Belle A ringette team as … read more

I have been playing hockey since I was four years old. One thing has always been consistent for both me and my fellow players: the basic idea of playing through pain. As hockey players, we all learn at a young … read more

I recently suffered from post-concussion syndrome. I received a second concussion within a few weeks of a previous hit to my head. Before this happened to me, I would hear on TV and the news of players suffering from concussions, … read more

In January 2009 I was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome from the accumulation of concussions that went undetected after ten years of hockey and lacrosse. The latest was October 28, 2008, when I was playing goalie for the Aurora Tigers Midget … read more

When I first got hit I didn’t know what was going on. I lost my sight and tried to follow the boards back to the bench. My legs felt weak like it was hard to keep my balance. I got … read more