On February 14, 2011, my husband fell on his head while coaching his varsity girls' hockey team in Lakeville, MN. He was not wearing a helmet and sustained a subdural hematoma, four fractures to his skull, and a concussion. He underwent immediate brain surgery to stop the bleeding at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. On February 28, 2011, he walked out of Methodist Hospital and returned home. It was an absolute miracle. He suffered mild memory problems from the concussion.
Our two boys play hockey, lacrosse, football, and baseball—so head injuries are always a concern. After reading “A New Game Plan for Concussion” (February/March 2011), I was speechless. Head trauma virtually turned my life upside down. I thought this article was filled with great information for parents and players. In Minnesota, it is a rule that all coaches wear helmets if they coach in the youth association, but not at the varsity or high school level.
Although my husband will return to coaching this winter, he will not skate for a year to allow his brain to completely heal. When he does return to the ice, he will never skate without a helmet. He is currently working with Mayo Clinic on a study of concussion. He has been given another chance at life, and hopefully a chance to save another life.