The concussion issue has attracted some unlikely spokespeople over the years.
Take Miss Oregon Allison Cook.
A junior volleyball player at Oregon Institute of Technology, Cook has had five concussions in her life, and said recently that she doesn’t want to see others “go through what I’ve gone through.”
“It’s not just getting your bell rung anymore. Your brain controls every center of your body, It controls all of your functions,” Cook, who competed in Miss America pageant in September, told a publication called The World. “It’s not worth playing a game to sacrifice your health. I would like to think no matter how much a coach wants to win, I would like to think they’d put their athletes’ health over the status of that game.”
Cook has suffered three concussions on the basketball court and one played volleyball. The last came in a car accident when an air deployed. Today, she said she has “constant headaches, her body has lost its ability to tell her that’s she’s hungry,” and “she is an insomniac.”
Cook offered the following statistics in the article: “Girls are two times more likely to get a concussion than boys and once you get one concussion, you are 40 percent more likely to get another one.”