A Heady Database

Concussion AllianceConcussion Alliance Photo: concussionalliance.org Shortly after arriving on campus as a first-year, Conor Gormally ’21 suffered a concussion playing Ultimate Frisbee. It marked the fourth time he’d sustained a head injury (the others came in high school, while he was playing soccer), but this time his recovery was notably slower. He spent the rest of New Student Week in his room, unable to endure the light, sounds, and other sensory stimuli that came with visiting the dining hall or stepping outside the dorm. Two weeks into fall semester, he went home to Seattle on medical leave.

Gormally is now a senior economics major. He still struggles with headaches, and he believes that our collective understanding of concussions is woefully inadequate. “The science and research haven’t reached many of the health care providers who are the first to see a concussion patient,” he says. Many patients are told “you’re fine” and instructed to “wait it out” until their symptoms dissipate.

Frustrated with a lack of advice from their own health care providers, Gormally and his mother went looking for information and answers. The results of their ongoing research are now featured on a 250-page website dedicated to science-based resources on concussions and concussion care. The mother-son duo formed a nonprofit, the Concussion Alliance, to support the work, and have recruited more than a dozen Carleton students to serve as interns, writing newsletters and interviewing experts in the field. “The intern-generated project pages have grown our site in profound ways,” Gormally says. “They’re among the most popular on our site and, as far as we’re aware, unique to this field.”

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