PORTLAND, Ore–  It’s peak season for skiing and snowboarding and that means increased risk for concussions on the slopes. Even while wearing a helmet, concussions can be very dangerous, causing issues that are often ignored and untreated: confusion, depression, memory loss, lack of coordination, disrupted sleep and blurred vision.

Long-time snowboarder and high school snowboarding coach  Ben talked about concussions he’s suffered, the difficult after-effects and getting concussion therapy at the Providence Sports Care Center. His therapist  also talked about recognizing concussion symptoms and helping patients recover.  He still has light sensitivity problems , hearing issues and mood problems.  he estimates he’s had a concussion at least 16 times since he was a teenager.