Sports Related Concussions

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“Concussions is a highly prevalent injury in contact and collision sports that has historically been poorly understood.” (Nelson, 2013) Researchers and medicinal clinicians have become more interested in the post-concussive effects on an individual, specifically on athletes. There is increased knowledge of the negative effects and recovery following a concussion. Researchers are interested in studying more about how athletes are affected post concussive, psychologically and physically, which can impact their daily and future lives.

Concussions are a very common sports injury, especially in contact and collision sports. They are also known as mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI. “Neuroscientific studies have documented that concussions,
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They are able to identity any suspected signs of concussions right away. (Broglio, 2008) Due to the numerous medical advancements, researchers have been able to understand what concussions are and the course of their recovery. This has dramatically improved the understanding of what a concussion is and how it affects the person. For example, the features of a concussion and the typical recovery. With all of the sports-related injuries, athletes have become the prime interest for researchers, specifically concussions. Sports-related concussions, or SRC, have researcher’s interest. They are looking for what acute injury factors and individual characteristics occur post concussive recovery. The researchers measured on the Glasgow Coma Scale, or GCS, it is very well known for its system with classifying TBI severity during an acute period. It was originally developed to assess a patient’s level of consciousness, using rating of eye, motor, and verbal responses. Researchers have found the following signs and symptoms of concussions. Observable features of altered mental status include: vacant stare, delayed verbal and motor responses, confusion or inability to focus attention, disorientation, slurred or incoherent speech, gross observable…show more content…
Females and males are at risk and recover from concussions in different way. (Nelson, 2013) “Between 1.6 and 3.8 million sport-related concussions occur in the US annually, with an estimated 250,000 in high-school football alone…injury rates in American football are well documented with investigations of high-school football reporting that 3.6-5.6% of players will sustain a concussion in a single season.” (Broglio, 2008) Male football players have the highest overall volume of concussions. For women, it was found that in soccer and basketball had the highest concussion rates. It is suggested that women are more susceptible to concussions but, no further research has been conducted to prove this. It was also found that women are more likely to report concussion-like symptoms than men are. “Epidemiologic studies comparing male and female athletes in similar sports have found greater rates of concussion in women.” Women are also more prone to migraine headaches, making them more at risk for post-concussive recovery. There is a lack of awareness for concussions regarding the non-athletic population. It was found in one sample that 11.4% of individuals in an emergency department experienced some affects post concussion. There are also a variety of different psychological and physiologic mechanisms that can explain the differences in the gender effects. For example, females are more prone to mood, anxiety,
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