Sports activities have all the time been an enormous a part of Cassidy Nicholls’ life, however now the previous aggressive athlete can barely watch a hockey recreation with out feeling sick.
After a childhood spent enjoying soccer, volleyball, basketball, curling and lacrosse, Nicholls fell in love with subject hockey. Her ardour and expertise led her from Winnipeg to York College in Toronto, the place she competed for 4½ seasons with the Lions earlier than a pair of concussions ended her profession.
Nicholls’ first recognized concussion, in her first yr of college, was unrelated to sports activities.
“I fainted and I hit my head actually onerous,” she mentioned.
“In order that was my first type of critical concussion, and I went by way of the concussion protocol for that. I used to be cleared after about 5 months to play again on the sector hockey staff.”
Nicholls did not assume something of it after she was cleared. She performed for 4 extra years.
In her closing yr she suffered one other main concussion, this one throughout a follow.
“My teammate by chance hit me with their stick,” she mentioned. “It was fairly flippantly. She acquired me simply within the cheekbone.”
Nicholls continued to play regardless of understanding one thing was improper.
“It was very clear to me I had a concussion, and I believe a number of my teammates had been questioning the identical factor, as a result of I wasn’t myself and did not play very effectively,” she mentioned.