Persuasive Essay On Concussions

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Most athletes fear any sort of injury, especially a head injury. Concussions are, by far, one of the most common head injuries in sports. They pose a threat to athletes because they cause many short term issues and even larger long term problems. Going to play prematurely can cause even greater damage to the brain and make things worse, making concussions a big issue within the sports community. Athletes should be required to sit out in order to fully recover to prevent further injury and then be signed off by a medical doctor to ensure that they are safe to continue physical activities. Concussions are a major issue for any athlete, mostly because they are so dangerous. Without the proper care and treatment, a concussion can result in long term brain damage, physical and emotional problems according to the Virginia Board of Education. While short term effects can be just as problematic including headaches, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, long term issues cause way more problems down the line, as article 2 states "the effects of a concussion are serious and lasting". Another big …show more content…

This is shown in the studies conducted in article 1 which show that in the past 7 years there have been 300 plus accounts of concussions in the US, while between the years 1982 and 1996 there were only 101 total accounts. It is staggering to see just how high the number of cases of concussions have risen over the years. This can also be dangerous because adolescent brains are more likely to have long lasting/permanent damage since they're still developing. It is also because of their developing brains that it takes longer for them to heal from concussions. This is yet another reason why there should be required time out period for athletes, especially for the younger people who take longer to recover from it's

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