A few weeks ago I set out on a little experiment:
“How long would it take to accumulate ten concussion encounters?” I loosely defined concussion encounter as:
- Web based media on the topic ( omitting pre-selected concussion twitter feeds, journals, newsletters, etc.).
- Print media on the topic.
- Conversations with potential patients, schools, and organizations ( omitting current patients as concussion talk is an almost hourly occurence).
While I realize the increased frequency of concussion in my everyday life, I never really stopped to quantify just how widespread they have become. How concussions have managed to permeate our societies consciousness.
Mission accomplished. Barely two days in and I had finished my list. I had a separate journal page tagged and ready for the journey to begin, and much like Christopher Columbus, I had no idea how long my journey would take. Unlike Columbus, I was done by Wednesday at 9am! Once my sometimes (often times), slow-moving cortex got in gear and started recording these encounters I was almost done.
51 Hours to be precise. A diversity of sources included seeing Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson almost decapitated by Packer’s linebacker Clay Matthews as well as an email from the parents of a concussed six year old. Here’s the list:
The list got me to thinking… If those two days were an accurate indication of concussions ubiquity then we could extrapolate in the following ways:
10 concussion encounters in 51 hours = 1 encounter every 5.1 hours.
168 hours per week = approx 33 concussion encounters per week.
52 weeks per year = 1716 concussion encounters per year!
Even if we wanted to disconnect from the world for two weeks at Christmas, then wrap our heads in bubble wrap for another two weeks of summer vacation, we are still over 1500 encounters a year! Thats a whole lot of concussionness ( everything concussion) going on and illustrates the need for a better approach at dealing with this ever growing problem.
One of our mission’s here at Dg2 is to collect as much concussion data as possible. We believe that collecting vast amount of data is integral to solving a problem as inherently complex as the function of the human brain.
If you, or anyone you know is suffering from a concussion or post-concussion syndrome, point them on over to www.dgallucci.com and let the data collection begin.