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Worried about Brain Injury? - Reflections on Dr. Gorgens' TED talk

A reflection from our Continuous Learning Coach, Jesse -- how about you, ever experienced the anxiety he mentions?:


So I was doing this exercise in my theatre class where they wanted us to run into each other with our eyes closed, sounds easy enough, a "trust exercise"...but quickly I was freaking out.

I couldn't stand it, and thought I couldn't do it (even though I did eventually) but it wasn't because I am scared of the dark, it was because i just kept thinking Brain Injury Brain Injury Brain Injury!

I was wondering if anyone else has this happen to them? Like they are thinking about getting a brain injury (or thier kids getting one) more than ever because of the work we do. I found this TED TALK where the woman delivering the speech, Dr. Kim Gorgens talks about protecting kids against brain injury, and gives some great links for people interested in that area of study, but also talks about her own fears for her son....in a kind of funny kind of serious way that reminded me of my own anxiety around it.

Do you think a lot about getting brain injuries or no more than you did before living or working in this area? What do you do to stop being anxious or protect yourself? Check out the link and tell me what you think, its a good one!

Protecting the Brain Against Concussion


Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 15:34 by Registered CommenterJesse Stong in , , | Comments3 Comments

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December 15, 2010 | Registered CommenterTiffani Brooks

Jesse- Another good video! Thanks for bringing these to our attention. Well -- I have been more aware about brain injury since I started in the field in and around 1988 ( I know -- hard to believe!) During this time, I found myself and my bicycle lying underneath a moving car (thankfully traveling ultra slowly!) without a Helmet. Since that time - I have always worn a helmet and encourage everyone I know. I even stop neighbourhood kids who wear helmets on the back of their heads or around their neck. I put the helmet correctly on their head and tighten the strap! I am popular with the parents ;-) at least.

I just recently learned that helmets have expiration dates! Check yours out -- they don't last forever.

I liked the short story in the video where the speaker shares that her student figured out that a $20 helmet can protect a $100,000 education. A good way to look at it. Even without an advanced degree -- the brain is precious.

I don't worry so much as I used to. I do try to think about safety in most of my activities and I would have to say that as I have gotten older many of my risk taking activities have decreased (down hill skiing, roller blade-ing,touch-football, street hockey, etc) but I continue to drive, climb ladders, carry too much on stairs.

December 17, 2010 | Registered CommenterPaula Cassin


December 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterHeather Gallant

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