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Too Soon for Tebow?

Vince Arvis, Staff Reporter

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University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow returned to the field this past Saturday after suffering a concussion two weeks ago in the game against Kentucky. Tebow was cleared to play a few hours before kickoff, and looked just like his old self. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 134 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and ran 17 times for 38 yards. The Florida Gators prevailed with a 13-3 victory over the Tigers of Louisiana State University, thus proving that Tebow’s injury did not affect his performance.

Much of the drama leading up to the game was whether or not it was too early for Tebow to return to play. He was immediately rushed to the hospital after suffering the concussion during the game on September 26. Tebow returned to practice on October 6, after sitting out a week and a half. He played well, but what risk was taken in letting him play?

Concussions are bruises to the brain due to an intense blow to the head. They are a serious injury and can be fatal if not taken care of properly. Concussions are common in contact sports such as football and basketball, and should be taken care of by a professional. Depending on how severe the concussion is, effects can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks.

 The danger comes in when an athlete returns to play before the concussion is fully healed. Once a person suffers a concussion, the chance is higher that he/she will suffer another one. If athletes return to play before the first concussion is fully healed and they suffer another one, the results could be fatal. This condition is called Second Impact Syndrome. This causes rapid swelling of the brain and can end in permanent injury or death. Although this condition is rare, it should be taken seriously.

Tebow ran the risk of getting Second Impact Syndrome by playing in the game last Saturday. Although he was cleared by a doctor to play, it didn’t mean he was invincible. If Tebow suffered another concussion, he and the Gators would be in some serious trouble.

Concussions are an injury that should not be overlooked by any means. If you think you might have one, see a doctor as soon as possible.

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