August 24, 2010 by Post Team
Grossmont College, Barney is Colin measurable college scouts dream. He stands 6-foot-5, weighs about 200 pounds and has the arm strength to make it all relevant. He is intelligent, willing to learn, and eager to lead the football team in Walnut Creek Northgate High School to a successful 2009 season.
However, three games in his main campaign, none of that mattered now.
All it took was a hit, helmet to helmet hit in a game against rival Alto Las Lomas perspective transform quarterback from college to a high school student struggling to make it through the class.
“I was watching, and I realized I realized,” Uh-oh, this is not good, ‘”said Barney’s mother, Carolyn.
It was not his first concussion. As a freshman, Barney hit the ground hard during a game and suffered its first blow on the head. In its second year, took another blow to the head, it caused him to miss most of the season.
Head trauma is not uncommon in senior football pitches. They have killed and other permanent disabilities, and now the California Interscholastic Federation have implemented new rules to better protect the players.
Still, many parents and students may not be aware of the extent of the injuries.
The blow in the game against Las Lomas was so bad that Barney lost most of it. He also played the following week, a win over Jefferson-Daly City.
He made his return a week later against River
City of Sacramento. In the third quarter, Barney hurried out of the bag on a broken play. Enveloped by a defender, was thrown to the ground, striking his head.
“I rose and fell because he could not keep balance,” he said.
What followed was a litany of visits to doctors and specialists. Barney tried to keep in touch with the team, but playing out his last years was a more far adrift.
“You could say how frustrating it was for him, knowing it was his last year and he was not in the field,” Northgate coach Justin Lowell. “It was hard to see him realize he had to pull out and take care of your body first.”
The impact was not limited to the field. The daily tasks are becoming less common.
“I had a lot of trouble sleeping because it had some really bad headaches. I had given a drug at night because it was too powerful,” he said. “It would help me for half a day, but would not have the worst migraines. I missed some school.’d Have to go home because they were so bad.”
By then, the Barney family had an understanding of what was happening. After a CT scan revealed no serious brain damage, Barney was able to make it through the basketball season, playing forward. He still treated with headaches, and schoolwork was a struggle.
“I did lots of research, Colin did, my husband Pat did. We try to make the best decisions we could,” said Carolyn Barney. “We take it day by day. As a parent, was the worst year of my life.”
The investigation became a senior project full of Colin and his parents. It deepened the impact of concussions have on the body, and educated as he was dealing with Colin.
“I definitely knew no more than half of the things I’ve investigated,” said Colin Barney.
What helped you more than anything else the information age? Carolyn Barney Northgate athletic trainer Glen Barker credits for their help in working with Colin to alleviate their symptoms and learn about what was happening. And Northgate coaching staff has taken a proactive position to recommend the gold standard for the players before the season.
“We are talking with parents and have that communication with our players. We are letting them know they can come to us and let us know that there is a problem,” said Lowell. “It’s something I really do not want to try to ‘understand.” ”
With a new approach to head injuries at all levels of football, Barney says he has no reason to think changing the rules would be the way forward. Instead, said greater awareness could help more than anything.
“I think parents should be given by the coach said he definitely head injuries should be treated more seriously than any other injury,” he said. “They should know what they’re getting into.”
Now graduated from Northgate and went to Grossmont College in El Cajon, Colin still hopes to return to the football field.
“He’s excited about college. I think he’s thinking he might pursue something later
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