Concussions and Cognitive Limitations: A Bit Too Close to Home

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

My son recently suffered a concussion at wrestling practice.  He never wrestled before, however, he is in great shape as he just finished his first season on the JV water polo team, swims competitively in the summer, and has earned his 2nd degree black belt in martial arts.  At the same time, he has not fully grown and is much lighter than most on the wrestling team.  In person to person collisions, the laws of physics can benefit those with greater mass, and my son lost out on that front with a rapidly rotating elbow of a larger wrestler making contact with my son’s face.  Other than a bloody nose, and a wounded pride, there were no other noticeable results from the mishap, at least, that was what we thought then.

Over the course of the next few days, my son’s behavior seemed erratic, and atypical.  Woefully, I wrote much…

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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