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Sport Concussions Essay

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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 …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that many people overlook concussions as an injury that can have major life impacts.
  • Explains that they have suffered two concussions, one in which they lost consciousness, and the other in a dirt track race car wreck.
  • Opines that rest is the most appropriate way to allow your brain to recover from a concussion.
  • Opines that extra measures should be taken in all contact sports especially that of children because the brain is still in a developmental phase at this time.

This really interested me because many athletes that play contact sports have multiple concussions throughout their career and to learn that there may be a difference in what male and female athletes experience after suffering from multiple concussions could one day help me to assist an athlete going through this. “The types of symptoms endorsed may differ between males and females. In samples reporting that contains both adolescents and adults that are several studies suggesting that females report higher levels of symptoms or have more neurocognitive problems than males in the acute and sub-acute periods following a concussion. It was hypothesized that females with prior concussions would have worse cognition and more symptoms than males with a history of concussion” (Brooks). To say that females are more at risk for a concussion is not implied, but what is implied that the females will show more symptoms neurologically than a male after the occurrence of multiple concussions. I truly believe that extra measures should be taken in all contact sports especially that of children because the brain is still in a developmental phase at this time. I also feel as if adults know the risks that they are taking when signing up to play these sports and children do not so we need to be more concerned for their

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