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Volleyball Concussion Chaos

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). It can occur after an impact to your head or after a whiplash-type injury that causes your head and brain to shake quickly back and forth. A concussion results in an altered mental state that may include becoming unconscious.

What do I do if I have a concussion? What are some signs/symptoms?

Volleyball is a non-contact sport. Do volleyball players get concussions?

Even though volleyball is a non-contact sport, there are many situations that could potentially cause a volleyball athlete to become concussed. A few examples, diving for a ball during defense, being caught off guard and hit in the face and neck with the volleyball.

Take a moment to read true stories from volleyball athletes that have suffered from concussion syndrome:

1. Abby M

This is the story of Abby M. and her journey and triumph through concussion syndrome. This is a review that her mother wrote for the amazing staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics who were able to get Abby on the court again.

2. Stephanie Cahill

She played club volleyball from 14 to 16 years old. She suffered five concussions, two of them while playing the sport. Now 23, she believes the anxiety and depression she has experienced since the injuries are related. Cahill said the concussions affected her emotional, mental and physical health. She had bouts of depression. She’s fought hard to get better. Click the picture to read more . . . .

3. Hayley Hodson

Something was wrong with Hayley Hodson. She had come to Stanford as the country’s top volleyball recruit, an Olympic hopeful whose high school mornings in Newport Beach were self-scheduled down to the minute, the better to start classes early so she could lift weights before afternoon practice.

Since late 2015, Hodson had suffered migraines and insomnia, anxiety and exhaustion. A diligent student who learned calculus through online self-study, she couldn’t concentrate in class. She needed reminders to eat. Click the picture to read more . . . .

Concussions occur in volleyball and as you have read in the stories above could potentially have negative long term affects that impact everyday lives for these volleyball athletes. If you believe that you may have a concussion, please make an appointment with your local physical therapist that specializes in concussion management.

If you are in or near the Atlanta, GA area, you can visit DocJay Physical Therapy located at 6740 Shannon Pkwy, Ste 14, Union City, GA 30291. To make an appointment call 404-388-3811 or email

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