BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Parents and athletes at Springfield Local schools receive a handout and contract every year containing information about the signs and symptoms of concussion. Since less than ten percent of concussion injuries involve losing consciousness, students need to be honest with their parents and coaches.
“That is something that they need to communicate with us and the parent to make sure we put them in the right treatment or they have to sit out,” said Sean Guerriero, Springfield Local football coach.
Over the weekend, Columbus police found the body of Kosta Karageorge, a senior on Ohio State’s football and wrestling teams, after he had apparently committed suicide just days after police say he complained to his mother about previous concussions.
The incident is once again raising concerns by some about the long-term effects of contact sports, especially football.
Dr. Christopher Leibig specializes in Sports Medicine with Akron Children’s Hospital and helped craft the Ohio State Health Department’s Concussion Information Sheet, which does list behavior and personality changes as a potential sign of an injury.
“There comes in to play a lot about their environment, their childhood, their genetic factors or predispositions,” Leibig said. “Where it gets a little tricky is are concussions causing depression? That is still being heavily researched.”
For now, coaches like Guerriero are stressing improved equipment and techniques to avoid injury.