The Danger of Sports Concussions

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Due to the recent findings on concussion based injuries, chief bodies of sports associations from professional to organized sports should take all possible steps to protect athletes from the dangers of concussions sustained on the field of play using medical based assessments and time restrictions in returning to play too soon. The NFL has been pushing player safety more and more over the past couple years. Slowly but surely rules and regulations have changed to better protect athletes from the dangers of concussions on all levels of play; professional, college, high/middles school and organized sports for children. However to protect players from the dangers of concussions, we must first understand them.
Joseph Nordqvist, wrote an article on about concussions and it was very insightful in telling the causes, effects, and symptoms of concussions. Slowly, concussions have become increasingly diagnosed because more and more is being found out about them. Concussions are very hard to understand because scientists and doctors still don’t fully understand them. The definition if a concussion is "An injury of a soft structure, as the brain, resulting from a blow or violent shaking."(Nordqvist) It is commonly known that concussions can cause short-term problems which are, “temporary loss of brain function leading to cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms, such as confusion, vomiting, headache, nausea, depression, disturbed sleep, moodiness, and amnesia.” (Nordqvist) But what is not commonly known is just as much, if not more of a concern. “However, even when the symptoms of a concussion appear to have gone, the brain is still not yet 100 percent normal.” (Nordqvist) This means that people over the years haven’t ...

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