Concussions Research Paper

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Short: Concussions and neurodegenerative conditions
Descriptive: Modern studies point the link between concussions and the development of neurodegenerative conditions
Summary: People who experience a concussion encounter problems with memory and concentration during the whole life. Recent studies confirm that concussions can lead to development of neurodegenerative conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease later in life. Injuries of the nervous system are of great importance. They are common in war, but also in peacetime, particularly because of the large number of road accidents and accidents at work nowadays. A concussion is a minor brain injury caused by mechanical forces that lead to temporary brain dysfunction. Concussion
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CTE is not thought to be a long-term sequela after a specific head trauma. Rather, its clinical symptoms emerge later in life, usually after athletes retire from their sport.
What is the role of althletic trainers at preventing sport concussion consequences?
Coaches and trainers often allow an athlete to return to play or practice if the obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as disorientation and uncoordinated movements, disappear within 15 minutes after the injury.
A concussion is considered one of the most complex injuries in the sport for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment. Athletic trainers must understand that concussion causes ultrastructural changes in the brain and that these changes are not large enough to be visible on neuroimaging such as an MRI or CT scan (Khurana, Kaye, 2012).
Athletes who sustain a concussion are three to six times more likely to sustain a second concussion. As an athletic trainer, physician, or other medical professional, understanding this statistics and previous history of concussions is very important information to decrease the likelihood of concussions (Khurana, Kaye,
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