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.