When most people think of concussion they think of high contact sports like football or soccer.
But for one Roanoke teenager, all it took was a wrong fall in a basketball game.
On January 23, 2013 Allyson Bailey's life took a turn during a basketball game.
"I was going up for rebound and another player was going down and her knee hit the middle back of my head, then I hit the floor," explained Bailey.
Allyson suffered a severe concussion but was told by doctors that she would be okay within a couple weeks.
Allyson's mother Linda says things got worse. "She had severe headaches, blurred vision, irritability, ringing in the ears, hallucinations, and she was sensitive to light. I didn't realize that symptoms could show up to seven to 10 days from the time of the injury."
Allyson was unable to talk, walk, watch television, be on her phone, or even eat on her own.
Allyson and her mother were involved in a car accident which didn't help the situation.
After many doctors, lots of therapy, and thousands of dollars later, things are looking up for Allyson but she's still in recovery.
Linda, Allyson's mother, wants people to know that there's help out there. She says even if doctors aren't giving you the answers you need, to do research and look elsewhere.
Linda has also provided her email address for parents who are caring for a child with a concussion and need support: firstname.lastname@example.org.
She's also given some helpful tips:
1). Never give up on finding the right medical doctor. Keep searching until you find someone you're comfortable with.
2). Document recovery in a journal. This will help keep track of your child's progress.
3). Limit electronics and follow instructions given by the doctor.
4). Be prepared to be your child's medical advocate. You must ultimately decide what's best for your child, given all the information.
5). If you suspect a concussion seek help immediately.