One Hundred to Zero in About 3 Seconds Flat
by: Sarah Creasor, Jr. Reporter
I’m sure all university athletes can relate to the hectic lifestyle you sign up for when joining a sports team, but you get in a groove and find what works for you. That’s how things started in the fall but then changed very quickly when I got a concussion.
The hardest part of dealing with a concussion is all of a sudden not being able to do anything! They happen fast but seem to last forever. I had to find new ways to deal with frustrations since activity was out of the question, and a new mind set to deal with setbacks…because there are a lot!
When you train for sports you learn to push past the pain, and when you hit the wall you try to keep going. This approach is the best way to prolong a concussion. With a concussion you help yourself more by doing nothing and sleeping ALL THE TIME! As an athlete this can be hard to wrap your head around and even harder to follow. You’re supposed to stop when you feel any symptoms, but you set these little goals for yourself and it’s hard to stop half way through and even harder when you’ve just started.
Competing at a Trillium show (Provincial Show)
With my sister at OUAs 2014 (University championships)
Talking with Fast and Female ambassador Catherine Vipond was very helpful. Some of the best advice is to not make goals, as hard as that can be. This way any accomplishments are seen as improvements not as failures. It’s all about your mind set, be happy you got out for a 10 minute walk instead of being upset because you didn’t finish the full 20 minutes.
The ordeal has really allowed me to appreciate all forms of activity, all my friends and family who have helped me the entire way and it has showed me that you can find something positive in even the most frustrating situations if you want to.
I’m 21 years old and currently working on my undergrad degree. I grew up playing every sport I could and over the years I’ve mostly narrowed it down to horse back riding, nordic skiing and paddling. I love mixing it up though and I am always looking to try new sports, or just play a sport I haven’t in awhile. Although mixing up sports can get expensive and cause training conflicts it adds a much needed element of excitement and allows you to constantly challenge yourself and push yourself in new ways!