Speech On Concussions

Decent Essays

I. Concussions became a major topic among researchers and NFL committee members once they realized what effects they had on the brain and body.
A. There are many effects that concussions have on the body, some short term and some long term theses effects cause physical, cognitive, and emotional problems to the person.
1. Concussions are considered mild traumatic brain injuries and they normally heal within one to six weeks. However, it is not uncommon for one to suffer post-concussion syndrome (PCS) which prolongs symptoms of a concussion longer than the normal period (Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries). The symptoms of PCS include: headaches, irritability, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty concentrating.
2. Long term effects of concussions are rare but have happened before, the symptoms last much longer than the normal one to six weeks or the effects of PCS. People who suffer from these cases of severe traumatic brain injuries have problems focusing and keeping their attention, as well as short term memory and feeling out of place with their bodies (Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries).
B. During research involving former NFL players, it was found that concussions were also responsible for causing a brain disease that affected these former NFL players.
1. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE is a degenerative brain disease that can only be diagnosed after ones death during brain tissue analysis. CTE causes a protein called Tau forms clumps which spread throughout

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