High school football and hockey are all about big hits...
Now that parents and coaches are paying more attention to young athlete's safety. Are we putting these young athletes at risk?
Jennifer Binczak asked herself that same question after her son Tanner suffered three concussions. One from a car accident but two from sports. But then...
Binczak says, "Then a couple of months later was injured again in hockey. And that's when we made the decision that this is one
too many in too short of an amount of time."
So after his fourth concussion they made the hard decision to have Tanner sit out of contact sports at Memorial High School. Nurse Practioner Angie Oldenberg at Mayo Clinic says she sees a lot of families struggling with this decision to not participate in these sports. But ultimately it's a smart decision on the athlete's behalf.
Oldenberg says, "When an individual has had more than one concussion I always start having that conversation with them because when they're young, especially teenagers high school kids, they have a lot of life ahead of them other than sports. So I talk to them about what are their goals in life and then we make a decision together."
But there is a silver lining, tanner found a way to still be involved in sports and help out his teammates.
Binczak says, "He went to the coach, coach Mike Schwengler, and said hey how can I be a part of the high school team with out participating and they graciously gave him sort of an assistant manager position and he was able to be on the sidelines with his team and out on the ice for some of the practices."
Binczak is happy that her son can still participate and has no long term affects from the injuries but offers this advice to other parents.
Binczak says, "Just really listen to your kids, to be in tune and take the impact testing really seriously. That's the best test that they have out there."
In Eau Claire, Drew Williams, WEAU13 News.