Concussions typically occur from a hit to the head and can create many symptoms in the body (Edwards & Bodle 2014) Concussions can create many symptoms, and they vary from person to person. The most common symptoms of a concussion include: headache, nausea, dizziness, poor balance, sensitivity to the senses, memory problems, and fatigue. Concussions can also create symptoms that occur over longer periods of time, such as depression, irritability, or trouble sleeping. Because these symptoms can become more severe over time, athletes should be removed from play after receiving a concussion. Additionally, athletes should be removed from play after a concussion because it is believed that having more than one concussion results in cumulative effects on the brain.
It is hard to tell how much damage one has done to their brain, because doctors cannot see it from the outside of their brain (Haas). Concussions are very common. In the United States alone 1.4 million people suffer from concussions annually (Schafer). Researchers studied fifty brains of people who have suffered from concussions t... ... middle of paper ... ...ey should contact emergency services immediately. One should also rest a lot when they have a concussion.
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.
When players took a hit to the head and were our or dazed, they were said to have “their bell rung” and skipped maybe their next shift at best. Many concussions went untreated or undiagnosed. We now recognize that undiagnosed concussion can be especially dangerous. It is critical that the brain be protected from sustaining another blow until full recovery has been reached. “Most concussions symptoms disappear within 2 weeks, but 10 to 20 percent of concussion sufferers experience symptoms weeks to months to years later.”(National Academy of Sciences.)
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Sport-related concussions are evolving as a major public health concern. Ongoing research suggests these injuries have a much more serious and prolonged impact on overall health than previously believed. According the Centers for Disease Control, a concussion can be defined as “a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head” (CDC, 2013). Crushing and violent hits are seen as part of the game in many sports, and are often glorified by the media in the professional realm. However, many overlook the fact that the vast majority of individuals who play contact sports in this country are under the age of 19 (Buzzini & Guskiewicz, 2006).
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that temporarily alters the way the brain functions. The more concussions someone receives, the more likely that it will lead to long term consequences. About 10 percent of athletes in the United States will get a concussion
Post Concussion Syndrome Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder with symptoms can consist of headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritability that can last as little as a week and up to months after a head injury. The causes can be a traumatic blow to the head or neck injuries in which the patient does not have to lose consciousness. The effect of being injured can do permanent damaged to the brain and nervous system. Dealing with Post-concussion syndrome not only can have a physical effect, but a psychological one as well (Mayo clinic page 2). The cause of Post-concussion is still a mystery.
Thesis Statement The number of concussions in professional and amateur football has been rising and has sparked much controversy in recent years. These concussions are most likely linked with disease and even the deaths of some pro and semi-pro football players. New research is attempting to solve the problem but the issue is still prevalent in football today. Concussions To understand the issue of concussions in the NFL we must first understand exactly what a concussion is. A concussion is a minor traumatic brain injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull.
When a person falls, gets in an accident, or is hurt while playing sports there is always a possibility of brain injury. “Those aged 75 and older have the highest rates of traumatic brain injury-related hospitalization and death due to falls”. (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2013) There are three different levels of TBI that doctors are known to classify them as. These include mild, moderate, and severe. A fall of 20 feet (2 stories) onto an unyielding surface for an adult, or a fall of more than 10 feet (2-3 times the height of the child) for a child can cause severe injury in an adult and child.