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DAYTON -- As spring sports pick up, so do safety concerns and fear of concussions. There are a number of resources available to help families, including a newer state law to better protect our kids.
"That timeline is just gone for me, but I got hit on the exact side of the face on my left side," said Samantha Sanderson describing her second concussion. The former star soccer player has had about six, and is still in therapy.
"When I get tired my left eye will sometimes shut off, like I'm about to get double vision or something because I can't focus," Sanderson explained.
She is now studying hard to be a doctor of psychology to help athletes, especially those dealing with traumatic brain injuries. And she co-launched a website called Concussion Connection, knowing recovery can be very lonely, especially when you're leaving a sport behind.
"Really, just kind of connect people and kind of get stories out there and get encouragement from other people, and help people understand it's going to get better and different treatments people have tried. 'What has worked what hasn't work, what did you like what didn't you like who can I go to?'" Sanderson said.
"Our concussion patients can come here and can utilize the most appropriate services for their symptom set because no two concussions are the same," said Robin Lensch, an athletic trainer with the Kettering Sports Medical Center.
A new Ohio law requires all youth sports programs to educate athletes, their families and coaches on the warning signs of concussions and what to do. The bottom line is, if you don't feel right, get checked out.
"We don't want to overlook one that may be a fairly mild concussion, and then go back into a sport too soon, and get a major devastating injury or just one that last for 6-8 months that could have been resolved in several days had it been managed and detected early," Lensch explained.
Sanderson knows that cycle too well. Her advice for those going through it is connect with others and think long-term.
"Don't sell yourself short because I wouldn't be in this program if I thought, oh, I can't play anymore. I guess that's it. It took a lot of work to get here, so if I had kind of given up, I wouldn't be where I am."
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