True story. This totally happened to me at my daughters’ hockey tournament. And you know what? I totally deserved it.
Here is what I should have said.
Can I talk to you for a minute? I know you don’t know me but I thought you should know this so that you have all the information about your daughter’s health.
I know you insist she fakes a lot of injuries but she is telling a lot of people about her latest injury.
She has texted friends telling them that she is dizzy, has a headache and is nauseous from a previous head injury. She wants to miss this game but tells her friends “My Dad won’t let me miss another game.”
I noticed after the hit in the first period, after she was writhing on the ice holding her head for five minutes, that she only missed one shift. Your daughter was noticeable not herself. Going to the wrong door to get off the ice, being knocked over by weaker players, and just looking like Bambie on the ice. It was hard to watch.
After the second time play was stopped because her head was hit we were all certain that the coach, her father who happens to be a surgeon (so I am told), would not put her back on the ice. Well imagine our surprise when she emerged on her next shift to a shocked crowd (from where I was standing) that gasped in disbelief.
While looking dazed your daughter took a very obvious, right in front of the referee, major penalty that looked like she was TRYING to get kicked out of the game.
While serving that penalty you may have noticed a gentleman speaking to your daughter. That was a convener of the tournament our daughters played in. He asked her how she felt. Her response, as relayed by the convener, “I am dizzy, nauseous but my Dad won’t let me stop playing.”.
Your daughter may not be “faking it” as you both insist. Even if she is faking it, take her out of the game. Only good will come out of it, she will either stop faking injuries or heal, and she can play the sport she is amazing at.
So THAT is what I meant to say.
Nepean girl dies of second impact syndrome. Rowan Stringer was a 17-year-old Ottawa teenager who died days after ignoring concussion symptoms.
Second impact syndrome. After a concussion, the levels of brain chemicals are altered. It usually takes about a week for these levels to stabilize again. However, recovery time is variable, and it’s important for athletes never to return to sports while they’re still experiencing signs and symptoms of concussion.
Growing problem of concussions in girls hockey. Dad, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Mom, a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario missed the signs of a concussion in their young daughter.