The Dangers Of Concussions In Sports

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On October 21, 2016 I received a blow to the head during a high school football game. Immediately after getting hit in the head, I fell to the ground and was unconscious. To this day, I have no recollection of what occurred prior to the hit and a few hours later. I was told the next day that I had received a mild concussion. Concussions related to sports continue to raise serious concerns as far as public health is concerned around the globe. Notably, about 1.6 to 3 million cases of concussion are recorded every year in the United States while research shows that the cases of concussion are on the rise in high school and college athletes (Covassin and Elbin 1). Similarly, the concussions incidences are higher in high school athletes at about 8.9 % while the rate for college athletes is 5-7.9% (Covassin and Elbin 1). Despite the severity of concussions, there can be many measures taken to prevent or minimize the damage as much as possible. This is where the problem lies within concussion related injuries. Many coaches or athletic trainers do not know the proper way to treat this injury or they just knowingly ignore the symptoms and put the player’s life at risk. Because of this major problem, it puts the player’s future at great risk. While sports is an essential exercise that instills discipline and teamwork among young people, helps them to keep fit and allows for social interactions, these benefits could be useless if one suffers from a concussion.
Simply put, a concussion
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