Concussions Speak is a non-profit, student-run organization from Middlebury College. We strive to educate our communities about the importance of brain health by sharing concussion stories.
Emma Kitchen ‘14.5
After a bicycle accident during her freshman year at Middlebury, Emma was hospitalized for a week before spending six months on bed rest. Because of her accident, Emma was forced to switch from Alpine skiing to golf. She shares her story with you today to let you know that you are not alone.
Kait Surdoval ‘12
Kait was playing for the Middlebury Women’s soccer team when three concussions in three days forced her to the sideline. Before graduating in 2012, Kait played for the golf team when she decided to hang up her cleats. She shares her story to caution injured athletes about the dangers of a premature return to sport.
Sierra Stites ‘14.5
Sierra was playing soccer when she had her first concussion. Two weeks later, she was hit in the head by a ball from another field. Four years later, she still suffers from post-concussion syndrome and has only just returned to physical activity. She shares her story to illustrate the effects of living with a concussion for a long period of time.
Tiffany Chang '17
In her first fall at Middlebury, Tiffany was playing rugby when an abnormal tackle left her dazed and confused. Her symptoms lasted weeks longer than diagnosed, leading her to look for answers as to how she could have post concussion syndrome without headaches. Five months out, she began practicing rugby without contact. She shares her story today to emphasize the variability of each and every concussion
Sophie Kapica '17
In the fall semester of her freshman year, Sophie suffered a concussion after being hit in the head with the boom during a sailing race. She was forced to drop a course and take in-completes in her three other courses for her first semester. Sophie worked hard to make up her incomplete coursework in entirety and make her way to complete recovery. She shares her story to stress the importance of protecting one’s brain from concussion at all cost.