INVISIBLE INJURY

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As a collegiate athlete, I lose track of the amount of close friends and other athletes I know who have gotten a concussion playing sports.  While it's refreshing to know that a growing number of doctors and scientists are doing research on this topic, the stigma associated with not being able to recover fast enough, not being able to keep up with school work, or being pressured to come back to practice too early is an issue that needs to be addressed further.  All too often, the desire to win and the mentality of "just shake it off" overpowers a truly healthy recovery, especially with a body part as serious as the brain.     

In my opinion, the scariest part about concussions is what happens years down the road, especially if someone has had far too many.  Concussions are a major issue at all levels: youth sports, high school sports, college sports, and professional sports. 

For this piece, I inverted "the invisible injury" by painting a helmet as if it were made of flesh and bruises.  This one in particular is a field hockey goalieā€™s helmet. A bruise is obvious; it indicates the place of injury and/or pain.  If someone has a concussion, you can't always tell.  Bruises will fade, but the impact from concussions can sometimes last forever.