I experienced my first pole mishap on Monday. It was pretty minor, considering that I’m largely unhurt and went back to training after 48 hours, but it was enough to shake me up slightly.
It was late, I was tired, I’ve been stressed, I thought I’d push through all that and practice the one move in my Amateur Night routine that I was having problems with… and before I knew it, *BAM*!
I literally face-planted, forehead-first onto the ground from doing leg waves in a Piston Grip. Thank goodness I was quite low to the ground!
It’s a move I’ve done with success before but far from effortlessly. (Notes to self: And that’s why you should never put any new moves into a performance unless they’re things you can do effortlessly!) Yes, I’ve taken the piston grip leg waves out of my routine of course.
At least I know exactly what went wrong though: I tried to exit too quickly, and lost my balance before I could safely hook my leg onto the pole. Lesson learned!!!
Fortunately, I was surrounded by friends who were practicing too. They heard the really loud bang of my forehead hitting the floor and came running immediately.
According to one of them, the first thing I yelled after ‘OW!’ was, ‘Get me some ice!’, because apparently even when I’m dazed and confused, my first priority is to prevent my face from swelling up.
I was very lucky that I’d landed on the flat part of my forehead above my eye, instead of on my brow bone which would probably have hurt 20 times more. Still, it hurt a fair bit.
After I got home, I googled ‘concussion symptoms’ just be safe because you should never take things for granted when you fall on your head. Thankfully the only symptom I had was trouble concentrating (I spaced out when Miss Folly tried to show me one of her combos and couldn’t focus on what she was saying) but that was just momentary.
Anyway, here’s the list from Mayo Clinic, as well as some tips on what to do and not to do if you ever fall on your head:
Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
- Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
- Dizziness or “seeing stars”
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
Some symptoms of concussions may be immediate or delayed in onset by hours or days after injury:
- Concentration and memory complaints
- Irritability and other personality changes
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Sleep disturbances
- Psychological adjustment problems and depression
- Disorders of taste and smell
Seek emergency care for anyone who experiences a head injury and:
- A loss of consciousness lasting more than a minute
- Repeated vomiting
- Obvious difficulty with mental function or physical coordination
- Symptoms that worsen over time
No one should return to play or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present. Experts recommend that an athlete with a suspected concussion not return to play until he or she has been medically evaluated. Experts also recommend that child and adolescent athletes with a concussion not return to play on the same day as the injury.
I just thank the Lord that I’m okay! And also, for Arnica, cos that stuff works miracles for bruise prevention. Even though it does sting when you put it on your face…