Concussions are a rising 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 be immediate, delayed, or even permanent loss of your own brain. In the next four paragraphs, I will describe to you how a concussion is important to you and others, what the world can do to stop this issue, and what you can do to prevent
It wasn’t until Dr. McKee and other researchers presented evidence of CTE in football players during a congressional hearing with the U.S. House of Representatives, in 2009, that the NFL changed its approach to addressing these findings. Later that year, during an interview with The New York Times, NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello stated “it’s quite obvious from the medical research that’s been done that concussion can lead to long-term problems.” This was one of the first times the league admitted that concussions and brain injuries had long-term impact on players. Admitting that there was a problem was one of the first steps in overhauling their approach to CTE’s impact on football players. Towards the end of that year, there was a shake up
Did you know that 99% of the dead NFL players had signs of Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when scientist looked through their brain (Ventras)? Most people wouldn’t know this fact, but scientist do and have known this since 2002. Even though they are making improvements, there is still an alarming rate of concussions happening. This report will discuss who is affected, how it can be prevented, how it is affecting sports today.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The injury may damage the brain cells and create chemical changes in the brain (CDC). They are usually not life-threatening, but the effects can be serious (CDC), especially if a person receives multiple concussions. Something that makes a concussion dangerous or life-threatening is that the person may not even know that they have one or they may just shake it off and not pay attention to it. It is very common in athletes, but also appears in other people who receive an impact to the brain.
In recent years, there has been a backlash from all kinds of doctors throughout the world that believe the National Football League or NFL needs to make adjustments to the way they treat head injuries, specifically concussions. A concussion is a brain injury characterized by an onset of impairment of cognitive and/or physically functioning and is caused by hits around the head and neck area. This NFL is under destress because of numerous studies that show concussions can lead to a large amount brain injuries way after the player has played his last game. However, this isn't just a problem the NFL is facing, the real problem is our youth contact sports and head-related injuries. High school athletes are extremely more exposed to concussions than
The purpose of this study was to determine the association between having a previous concussion and then experiencing concussive signs and symptoms following head impacts. It was hypothesized that previously concussed athletes would have more severe and frequent signs and symptoms of a concussion following a head impact compared to athletes with no previous concussion. To test this hypothesis, 201 college athletes participated in a questionnaire. They were asked about previous concussions and if they experience concussive signs and symptoms when they had head impacts. After the results were all collected, it showed that nearly 60% of athletes who had zero previous concussions reports experiences signs and symptoms following head impacts! compared to nearly 80% of athletes who have had a concussion. These results show a significant correspondence between previous history of concussion and the reoccurrence of concussive signs and symptoms following a head
Concussions are a very frightening and dangerous injury. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury in which your brain rattles around in your skull. When you sustain a concussion, your brain may jolt as a result from the impact. This form of brain injury can cause bruising, damage to the blood vessels, and injury to the nerves. Concussions are the most common brain injury. Although concussions are the least serious, they should not be taken lightly. Back in the day, people were unaware of concussions and the symptoms associated with them. As a result, people today especially former athletes are dying from past concussions. (Cantu, R. & Hyman M., 2012) Many people have seen, heard of, or had a concussion and they are relevant to everyone’s life.
There are fewer than 2000 professional football players but compare that to 26 million youth football players who need to be helped by concussion related technology. While the NFL has put in technology to help prevent and spot concussions millions of youth football players are still not helped by this tech. This means that kids who play football are always exposed to concussions. Companies like Riddell or Schutt have to make youth sports like football their number one priority. In touch sports like football you have to expect a concussion from a player, but when you hear that a player is out of a game because of a concussion every week then you ask why? Why aren’t there some sensors that can record the hit, or sensors that can spot the concussion? Perhaps even hire an athletic trainer to be on the sidelines.
Did you know a concussion is so dangerous it can lead to death? According to Matthew Futterman from the article “Football: The Concussion Game Changer” show,“The dire need for better methods of diagnosing brain trauma surfaced again this month when researchers at Boston University announced that Kevin Turner, a former University of Alabama and NFL player died from a motor neuron disease brought on by CTE” (Futterman, Pg1). Turner was forty six when he died in March and suffered brain symptoms since 2010. Through the perspective of concussions, it shows its dramatic life long impact on a person's life. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches
A concussion is a trauma induced alteration in mental status that may or may not result in loss of consciousness. Injured athletes should have to sit out for longer because they are more likely to get a second concussion after getting the first one, concussions can have long lasting effects, and some people are more susceptible to concussions than others.
Some symptoms that lead to a diagnosed concussion, especially early on include: headaches, loss of consciousness, pressure in the head, dizziness, amnesia, confusion ("What are signs of a Concussion?", 2015). Other early signs of a concussion also include, nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delayed response to questions, slurred speech, appearing dazed and fatigue ("What are signs of a Concussion?", 2015). Symptoms for concussions, seen hours or days after the initial injury can include; irritability and other personality changes, concentration and memory complaints, sensitivity to light and noise, psychological adjustment problems, depression, sleep disturbances, and disorders of taste and smell ("What are signs of a Concussion?", 2015). Athletes displaying these symptoms, make a diagnose for a medical professional easier, which allows for better treatment opportunities ("What are signs of a Concussion?", 2015). For medical professionals being able to recognize these symptoms not only helps to keep an athlete out of further harm, but also helps with that athlete’s treatment and ability to stay clear of any adverse effects for the rest of their life from sustaining a concussion ("What are signs of a Concussion?", 2015).
A concussion is a very serious blow to the head; it can affect you and your health as you age.There are many symptoms to a concussion, and some are passing out, a migraine (which is a very serious headache) ,a bump on the head, and memory loss. If a person gets many concussions, they will get a disease called CTE, which stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a brain disease that can cause a person to commit suicide or short/long term memory loss.
It's on the news alot lately. It hasn’t been taken seriously until recently and it seeming to hurt a multi-billion dollar industry. It can change a person's life forever. It’s called a concussion, a disease that occurs from multiple impacts to the head or one very big impact to the head. Even with the NFL, sport leagues and colleges taking safely precautions, is it enough to stop it.
The brain is an amazing organ without it we wouldn’t be able to think, have emotions, speak, or be able to control our bodies. It is one of the most important organs in our bodies, so obviously we need to take care of it, but what happens to it when it suffers a concussion? Concussions have affected people for a really long time, but what exactly is a concussion? I am going to be discussing what a concussion is, what causes one, the signs and symptoms, the areas of the brain affected, what treatment needs to be done, the current research being done on concussions, and how it effects athletes in high school as well as professional.
Many people hear the word “concussion” and think of it as being just a simple headache; however, not many know the significant health consequences associated with receiving a concussion. Concussions can have a variety of adverse effects on a person, some of which include sensory changes and deficits, emotional difficulties like depression, and an overall reduction in cognitive functioning. Abnormal eye movements and a reduced sense of touch are examples of sensory changes and deficits that are common with concussions. Individuals on the receiving end of concussions also deal with emotional difficulties including depression and even certain forms of guilt. Reduction in overall cognitive