Sunday, May 10, 2015

Reflection Blog Post

I tend to not think things through. I didn’t think about what this project would spiral into or what I would do if I followed through with my choice. I wish I could go back in time and re-think my project to something that I always wanted to do.

I chose concussions for my twenty-time project and how they happened and what you could do to prevent them. I did my research and found what caused concussions and how you could prevent them and even asked my doctor when the highest rate of concussions were. I did all this research and I still wish I had chosen something else. I really wasn’t that into it to begin with but I was hoping that I would be in the end, but it didn’t end up that way. It didn’t grab my attention like other things have, it was just a burden.

Looking back at it I wish I had learned to play the ukulele. I know it sounds a little dumb but it goes back to 5th grade. I played piano when I was younger like most little kids do but I never liked practicing and I didn’t like playing “old fashioned” music. But then I started playing the clarinet in fifth grade to get out of class early but again I didn’t really like it. Mostly because it involves actually producing the sound with the mouth. I never really liked that idea, too many variables are involved with the respiratory system and extending it to its limits when playing.

But I always wanted to play something with strings. Some of my friends played the guitar and I always thought it was pretty cool how all you had to do was strum a few strings on piece of wood. I don’t think I could handle a full size guitar so that’s why I would chose the ukulele. As the recorder is to the clarinet, the ukulele is to the guitar.

Finally reaching the final weeks of this project I have realized that I have a problem with procrastination and that needs to change immediately if I ever want to go to a good college or be successful at a job and most importantly, at school. I have an attitude of “I’ll do it tomorrow” not the attitude I should have of “do it now”. I could of done my project on ways to not procrastinate.

But now I’m struggling to find time in order to get all of this done. AP test, this twenty time speech. It’s all becoming too much, I wish I had started sooner, I wish I had done this two weeks ago. I wish I didn’t have this much work to do at the end of the year. These are all wishes that have come true and now it’s my responsibility to fix them.

I have some advice for future twenty-timers. Make sure you think thoroughly about your project and what you can do with it and how this will help people around you and yourself. Find something interesting that you’ve never done before and try it. Participate in an Iron Man or start a IM soccer club for high schoolers. Overall the concept of this project was good but my personal project was terrible, if I had an idea I was more engaged with earlier it would of gone a lot smoother.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Post #11

I need to get the word out about concussions and I have several options in order to do just that.

1st route:
Contact Mrs. Barrett the principle at Richard Elementary to find out if I can pass out concussion flyers at their field day on June 5th. The only problem with this is that they're elementary school kids and can't hold on to anything for more than two minutes.

2nd route: 
Create a space at newly named GPCR ice arena to have items that people can pick up for concussion awareness. The space could possibly be a little stand in the pro shop so when parents get their kids skates sharpened they can pick up a flyer about how to protect them as well.

These are just some ideas of how to get the word out about concussions but I plan on contacting people sometime this week or next week.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blog Post #10

One week ago I had to return my lacrosse helmet to the manufacture because of a safety error that the National Operating Committee for Standards for Athletic Equipment or NOCSAE found. NOCSAE's main purpose is to check safety equipment. I ended up sending my helmet back on the helmet manufacture's dime so it ended up being alright, but without NOCSAE being involved in checking products there might have been deaths regarding the piece of the helmet that they were unsatisfied with.


I'm glad that organizations like NOCSAE are looking out for my well being with ideological thinking. Organizations like these keep amount of head related injuries down. Without them lots of people could have been seriously injured.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Post #9

I ventured to WebMD this afternoon to get to the underlying issue about  mouth guards and who should be using them.

There are three types of mouth guards: stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and custom fitted mouth guards.

Stock mouth guards are packaged and ready to be worn. Their fit can’t be adjusted as well as the other two mouth guards on the list. They can also be purchased in every sports store. They’re bulky and make breathing and talking exceedingly difficult. Dentists don’t recommend this type of mouthguard to athletes. These mouth guards provide little or no protection to the wearer.

Boil and Bite: These can also be purchased in many sports stores. They offer a better fit than stock mouth guards. They become soft when boiled and with pressure from the tongue and finger can be molded to the mouth users mouth.

Custom fit: This type of mouth guards are individually made or made in a dentists office. Because more time has to be put into making these mouth guards it is the most comfortable.
These types of mouth guards also provide the best protection for users.

Who should wear mouth guards?

Mouth guards should be worn by children and adults who play active sports. For example: boxing, hockey and basketball. Even for non-contact sports like gymnastics WebMD recommends wearing a mouthguard. Even if it’s recreational sports like skateboarding or mountain biking WebMD suggest wearing a mouthguard. Even for the more strange occurrences of people grinding their teeth in their sleep. I still haven’t found out why mouth guards cost different amounts of money when they’re all supposed to be doing the same thing.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Blog Post #8

During the break I went to my pediatrician for my physical and while I was there I asked her about concussions. In what sports do most kids come in with concussions? And when do most kids come into the office with concussions? She told me that most kids come into the office with concussions from football and the time that they come in is during football season, in the fall.

I still don’t know if I want to make my own brochure about concussions or use one that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) provides. I poked around on their website over break and I have found full sized concussion posters and wallet sized concussion cards for coaches. All of these available in PDF form. It will most likely be easier to print one out that the CDC provides. People are more likely to trust something with CDC labeled across it than something with no labeling at all.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blog Post 7

I was already planning to meet with the Athletic Director later this week for another reason, but it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to see how students get screened for concussions and on how frequently they have to be screened. And if they don’t get screened does that mean that they are disqualified from practices and games? In order to inform people about the risks of concussions I must be aware of the policies inside the school and the district.


Again I had already scheduled to talk to the head football coach and it would be helpful to see his outlook on concussions. How many concussions occur each year total and what the process is for when one of his players has a concussion. Also it probably wouldn’t hurt to ask the physical trainer about what she does to help prevent or treat concussions and how to prevent them.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blog post 6

My mom came up with a good idea of figuring out what really needs to go on my pamphlet about concussions by possibly participating in a SurveyMonkey survey. I would send out a list of questions and possibly have a yes or no box or a choice of options box at the bottom of the survey. I haven’t dived extremely deep into how the program works but I will research further on Friday. My audience for this survey would be athletes, coaches and parents.


My questions for the survey would be:


  • What is a concussion?
  • How long do concussions last?
  • What are the symptoms of a concussion?
  • Do mouth guards and other concussion prevention aids work?
  • If a coach or physician suspects a concussion should the parents take the player to the hospital?
  • Can athletes practice or play if they have a concussion?


I wouldn’t make the survey any longer than twelve easy questions, because people get really bored answering questions online. Again I have no idea how it would work but that is going to be something that I will research along with the pros and cons of wearing mouth guards and other concussion prevention aids and why some helmets are more expensive than others.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blog Post #5

Oh boy, I was on vacation time for two weeks. Stay up till 12:30 and wake up at 10:30. Reflecting back at vacation I wish I was more productive. Just if I compiled information on all of the major sports and how they deal with concussions. For example: NASCAR has to approve all drivers that have had concussions before they’re allowed to race. Unlike the NHL, NBA and NFL who can approve players by their team doctors. Which is very weird because if a team needs to win a game very badly the team doctor could approve the player and he could play. Which is a major issue to the safety and health of the player.

For the upcoming week I hope that I will be able to figure out what I want to put on my concussion pamphlet. I also want to dig deeper into why athletes wear mouth guards. Because to me it just seems like it’s preventing us from chipping and breaking teeth. Also another thing that intrigues me is that why is there different pricing for helmets. If they’re all supposed to do the same thing why does one helmet cost $70 and an other costs $300? Are you paying just for the comfort, technology or just the satisfaction that you have the most expensive helmet on the ice.

I have a lot of questions about the whole protection industry that hopefully I will have answered in the next week or so. Going forward I plan to be more productive in the upcoming week. Even though next week is exams and it will be difficult to find time for twenty time. But even if it’s twenty minutes each day that will be helpful.