Symptoms And Symptoms Of A Concussion

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Concussion Repercussions

Contact sports like football, boxing, wrestling, and hockey have health risks associated with repetitive head trauma that can produce concussions. Players of these types of sports are at a significantly higher risk for developing long-term brain damage and cognitive impairment later in life. A concussion is a subset of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and results from shaking the brain within the skull. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (the “AANS”) has defined a concussion as “a clinical syndrome characterized by an immediate and transient alteration in brain function, including an alteration of mental status and level of consciousness, resulting from mechanical force or trauma.” (Sports-related
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“Damage to the brain caused by concussion can last for decades after the original head trauma, according to research presented at an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Annual Meeting in 2013.” (Nordqvist)
Several conditions can occur when the brain gets continual damage and does not have the adequate time to heal in between injuries. One of those conditions is called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease which can only definitively be diagnosed postmortem, most frequently occurring in people with multiple concussions in their lifetime. The research into this condition began in 2002 and is relatively new and since it can only be studied after death, it has been harder to study. The Boston University School of Medicine began studying the brains of deceased former NFL players and published a study on CTE in 2016 that showed that 90 of the 94 brains they studied had CTE. Former NLF player’s families have sued the NFL due to injuries sustained during their careers that lead to their deaths. There was a settlement in 2013 with over 4500 player’s estates. But football is not the only sport that is effected by repetitive concussive brain injuries, but it is the large number of NFL injuries that is bringing this extreme medical topic to the forefront of the news. “Many complications of traumatic brain
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