One of the many frequent sports that athletes are being wounded in is the sport of football. Everyone recognize the hazards of the full contact sport because it is widely commercialized in for all ages. From high school, all the way to NFL, football is a huge deal, but what about the abrasion of the players that come along with playing the aggressive game. Although football is the most popular American sport, high school football should be banned due to several disadvantages that comes with it. Such as concussion risks, memory loss, brain damage, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, slurred speech, and Parkinson’s disease.
Many people often overlook concussions as an injury that can have major life impacts. Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries that can be acquired in many different situations from car accidents to playing contact sports. The definition of concussions is a clinical syndrome characterized by immediate and transient posttraumatic impairment of neural functions such as alterations of consciousness, disturbance of vision, and loss of equilibrium (Prentice 351). Many people often look at the signs and symptoms of concussion to only be loss of consciousness, but loss of consciousness does not have to be present for a concussion to occur. I feel as if this is one of the major reason why many concussions go overlooked in today’s society. Post
Concussions occur in every sport and the issue is now becoming a debated topic within the field of sports. Concussion symptoms are typically obvious but some symptoms are more subtle. If a player decides to continue playing with a concussion or has a frequent history with concussion he or she is endangering themselves to more serious injuries. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters primary functions in your brain (Concussions). Visualize a person driving a car without a seatbelt into a wall. When the vehicle stops, the driver continues moving forward, and that is what occurs to the brain during a concussion. The effects of a concussion are usually short-term, but can sometime take months for a person to recover. Problems that can occur from concussions include throbbing headaches, a loss of concentration, repeated vomiting or nausea, short-term memory loss, poor judgment, and loss of balance and hand-eye coordination. An athlete must be removed from play if they are suspected of having suffered a concussion.
Concussions and the effect they have on people ranging from the young to the old has become a very popular discussion in recent years. Generally people watch sports for entertainment and then there are those who engage in high impact sports from a very young age on. The people at home know how fun playing in a sport is, however they may not know the brutal consequences for some participating in that sport. Injuries to the brain are a main concern among those in the world of high impact sports. Football, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, and rugby are among sports that athletes receive injuries in. The injuries vary from sprains, to fractures, to torn MCL or ACL, and bruised organs. Concussions are a severe type of injury endured by athletes in the sports world and this life changing injury is one that people are becoming more aware of.
“Current research suggests that there is approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million recreational and sport-related concussions each year in the U.S. and the number of people being treated for these injuries has increased greatly in recent years.” (Sanfordhealth.org, Concussion Facts). A concussion is defined as a traumatic brain injury that adjusts the way your brain functions. Many people don’t quite understand what affects a concussion can have on a person, especially teenagers growing up. Injuries in sports are common, but what many people are starting to find out is that, concussions in sport can be one of the most devastating.
The symptoms can also depend on each individual and how their brain works. The different kinds of symptoms are dependent on what part of the brain is affected. The effects can be physical, cognitive, emotional, or general upkeep. The physical effects are generally headaches and nausea. The headaches are often one of the symptoms that last the longest. Athletes who have had a concussion are always asked if they are having headaches as part of the protocol. However, players often lie in order to return to the field as quick as possible. Cognitive effects come in the form of memory issues, and difficulty concentrating.If a player loses consciousness because of his concussion, most likely some memory issue will also occur. Emotional effects are often sharp mood swings. A concussed person will get very irritable but can also have sadness. A person who is affected emotionally by a concussion can go from laughing about something to crying uncontrollably. Lastly, the symptoms can be considered “maintenance”. These symptoms affect the general living of the person. The main area is sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, and change in energy level. These symptoms can last up to weeks and lead to a difficulty in everyday life. Although these are symptoms are a common occurrence in diagnosed concussions, it is estimated that 47% of athletes feel no symptoms after a concussive blow. When no symptoms occur it makes diagnosing a concussion very difficult. Also, in less than 10% of concussions does the athlete lose consciousness. While each concussion diagnosed in the NFL adds to the problem of brain injury; undiagnosed concussions put players at a greater risk than anything. A player who has not fully recovered from a concussion is at an immense risk for further brain damage. Research shows that for every concussion suffered, a person is one to two times more likely to get a second. After the second
The most common symptoms a player experiences include constant headaches, nausea, dizziness, slow and fatigued, lack of energy, loss of memory, sad, irritated by light and noise . The current guidelines for managing concussions refrain the player from returning to the field if the club doctor states they have a concussion. The player may only return to play the following week if they undergo and pass various concussions tests which determine whether the player has fully recovered as it deemed fit for play. Since the recovery period is different for certain individuals, they may not be able to participate in training or game play which makes it very difficult for players to be selected in the team the following week but this is out of the players control. Since recovery can only be based on the current guidelines which contain flaws, some players slip through the nets and return to play before they are fully recovered . In terms of playing ability and performance on match day, it may decrease as a result of the head trauma experienced and reduced fitness and cognitive abilities over the recovery period. Players increase their chances of sustaining further concussions as they more easily triggered and tends to be more severe as well as another injury due to lower awareness and balance deficit if not fully recovered . Also, a player who is still suffering from the effects of a concussion is theoretically more susceptible to repeat injury due The effects range from slowed cognitive processing times, poorer predictive abilities, trouble focusing, visual disturbances, impaired balance/coordination, these factors would reduce the performance and a noticeable fade will have set in . These effects leave the players much more susceptible to getting another concussion or any
The conventional definition of a concussion is the person may have endured a short loss of consciousness accompanied by a short loss of memory. A few old time physicians still hold true to that definition today. Now days though the newer aged physicians are using this broader definition of a concussions that a loss of consciousness is not a requirement instead, these newer aged physicians are drawing attention to the fact that any change in a person’s mental state such as confusion, dizziness, headaches, feeling like you are thinking a little slower could all be considered symptoms of a concussion. This broader definition of concussions has been problematic, because many of the symptoms for this broader form of the concussion definition are harder to confirm accurately, so the players might hide their symptoms, fail to recognize they have any symptoms, or just try to ‘walk it off’ (“Heads”7).
One may ask just what exactly a concussion is. A concussion can be defined as a clinical syndrome characterized by immediate and transient impairment of neural function, such as alteration of consciousness, disturbance of vision, equilibrium, etc., due to mechanical forces (Roy/Irvin, 142). The brain is made up of a “tofu-like” substance which can impact against the rigid walls of the skull, causing a change in neurological function and more. Basically, a concussion is when the head or body suffers a blow and the brain gets “sloshed” around causing it damage (Roy/Irvin, 142).
Concussions have transformed to become an alarming issue in the daily life of many athletes in the sports of hockey, soccer, football, and skateboarding. Every 21 seconds, someone in this country encounters a brain injury. Concussions are brain injuries caused by jolts or hard hits around the head. When the tissue of the brain slams against the strong, thick skull in your head, a concussion is very common. This leads to either swelling of the brain, “torn blood vessels, or injury to the nerves.” (Haas) Eventually, the result will end as immediate, delayed, or even permanent loss of your own brain. In the next four paragraphs, I will describe to you about why a concussion is important to you and others, actions the world can do to stop this issue and plans you may start to prevent yourself from experiencing a concussion.