Concussions have been plagued NFL players during their careers and are now starting to affect them, even after they are done playing. The lasting effects of a concussion range from cognitive, to physical, as well as emotional symptoms. As a cause of these many concussions popping up in the league, many rules have changed and are making some aspects of the game illegal in terms of hitting. Even lining up in a certain position is not allowed, this is simply for the safety of the players. Getting a physical therapist on staff at all times to help athletes is required in the NFL. Since concussions still happen, physical therapists and athletic trainers still must find a way to help athletes deal with the injury. A plan must be developed to cope and manage a head injury. Concussions have had a tendency to cause lasting effects and this led the NFL to change the rules of the game as well as helped to develop plans to help manage the injury.
When student athletes participate in contact sports, they run the risk of getting a concussion. A concussion, according to The American Academy of Neurology, is defined as "A trauma induced alteration in mental statues that may or may not result in loss of consciousness". Short term effects could cause a change in mood, along with headaches and nausea; whereas long term effects of a concussion can range from drastic behavioral changes and mood disturbances to cognitive difficulties. These symptoms are very prevalent in student athletes that may get a concussion and can only get worse when one has been re-concussed. I believe that student athletes should be required to sit out for a longer period of time following the events of a concussion.
The documentary Head Games directed by Steve James follows former football player and ex-wrestler, Chris Nowinski, on his mission to uncover the truth about the consequences of playing sports related to concussions. A concussion is a brain injury that you cannot see and where the brain moves around in the skull. More than 3.8 million concussions occur a year due to a sport. The documentary raises the question of whether protective head-gear should be worn in all contact sports. I believe a head is more likely to sustain more damage to the brain without a helmet than a head with a helmet.
“Smack”! “Bam”! That 's the sound of two helmets colliding. This can result in serious head trauma and concussions. I believe that concussions are being continuously being prevented in sports like football and that the argument of concussions not being prevented well is not completely true.
Over the previous decades, concussions have increasingly received attention in the world of sports. A concussion is a serious head injury that can happen to any player, and in just about any sport. Indeed, it has been happening to a countless number of athletes for centuries. However, it is also important to note that a concussion can also take place outside of sports, meaning it can happen to anybody. For instance, there have been incidents where a person tripped while running, fell, and the impact of their head’s contact with the ground caused a concussion. Or, in a car accident many front-seat passengers, or even the driver, have slammed their heads against the dashboard/steering wheel, also possibly resulting in a concussion. Concussions when treated can be healed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, throughout history, there has been a tendency for people to overlook a concussion as a serious injury, therefore, making it more problematic than it already is. In the times to come, there will certainly continue to be dangers for athletes in just about any sport, as they are unavoidable. However, focusing strictly
With the movie "Concussion" appearing in theatre 's last December, I took it upon myself to dive deeper into the subject. This time with the same concept, but with a different group of football players. More specifically, the young football players in which the injuries received, being both minor and major injuries, contributes to the development of their brain structures. Within each hit these young players take, the still growing brain comes to a halt every time the team makes a tackle that damages the brain further than most humans do throughout their lifetime. Many different scientists have been conducting experiments to provide proof of how concussions can cause a decline in lifespan of young football players.
It’s a matter of life or death, but isn’t it just a game? Over the past few years, a highly debated and extremely hot topic has arisen. More research has been developed and has come to the forefront regarding the harmful long term effects of concussions due to some aggressive sports. Concussions are usually caused by a violent blow to the head. Symptoms from this common brain injury include dizziness, nausea, and blurred or double vision (Powell). Repeated concussions can can result in chronic traumatic encephalopathy which, in turn, can cause more severe symptoms including but not limited to memory loss, dementia, and depression (Belson). This research has resulted in more people questioning whether or not school-age children should be permitted to play these intense sports. There are many who feel that children should be prevented from playing certain sports since their brains are still developing. For this reason, it has been shown that younger athletes take longer to recover from a traumatic injury and also suffer a greater severity of symptoms. As a result, some feel that the risks are too great and it is absolutely necessary to protect these children. On the contrary, others feel that children need these sports to learn
Athletes risk their lives everyday, and more than 5% of high school athletes are concussed annually while participating in collision sports. A concussion is a serious trauma injury that may or may not cause loss of consciousness, or worse case extremely life threatening. With that being said, numerous high school students end up with a following injury, due to not properly handling their recovery, and usually the brain is particularly vulnerable to further injury. Even though it is possible for students to heal quickly and play their sport again, yet it is best to wait for long periods of time for the brain to heal. You will have less risk of getting injured again and may not experience long-term consequences.
“Hike,” the ball moves and two lines crumple into each other, both trying to obtain the upper hand as they churn their feet and push with final reserves of strength. In 1920, the American National Football League began, and injuries have been a part of the game since the start. However, significant, life-altering harm from the repetitive crashes into others with massive amounts of both size and speed, has become an epidemic in recent years. What used to be considered just a good knock on the head that “rang his bell,” is today of serious concern and will quickly be followed by extensive concussion tests. Physical injuries affecting players during professional football should not keep adults from watching since fans experience communal feelings,
As concussion became the sports injury “issue” of the 1990s, numerous researchers began projects regarding concussions. It became apparent from the findings of the earlier projects that a variety of different methods of identifying a concussion exist. Some clinicians described a concussion as a loss of consciousness. Others identified a concussion only if memory problems were associated with the injury. Still other clinicians considered a very minor impact to the head, often called a “ding,” to be a concussion. The confusion over the definition created problems for multicenter research programs. To be comfortable with the consistency of data coming from different locations, researchers ' projects began to identify mild traumatic brain injury
As technology continues to advance and scientists begin to understand more about the long term effects of sports injuries, one increasingly frightening topic for athletes at all levels--high school, collegiate, and professional--is the concussion. Nearly every contact sport yields the possibility of trauma to the head. What does a rough body check from an opposing hockey team, a stray 95 mph pitch to the side of the head, a soccer header, and a dangerous tackle in football all have in common? Yes, you guessed it: the possibility for a concussion. But before we explore the possible effects of repeated concussions over a sports career, let’s first define a concussion. ConcussionTreatment.com defines a concussion as “a complex pathophysiological
In the recent years, concussions have become a common accident related to various types of sports around the globe. A concussion is a traumatic injury of the brain, they can also be as a result of a sudden blow on the body. Such a blow may cause the head to jerk back and forth in a rapid motion. This may cause a bounce or twist within the skull, which may over stretch the brain, cause cell damage and alter chemical functioning within the brain. The occurrence of such changes within the brain leads it to vulnerability to injury and increased sensitivity. Concussions in athletes are a common scenario, and some instances may pass unnoticed making such cases to be very dangerous.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is often caused by a blow to the head or when the head and upper body are violently shaken (Edwards & Bodle, 2014). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that about 75% of the 1.7 million TBIs that occur annually in the United States are mild TBIs or concussions. The number of emergency department visits for sports and recreation-related concussion has significantly increased by 60% over the past decade. The effects of concussions can be divided into short term, mid-term, and long-term. The short term consequences include various neurologic and cognitive symptoms, but are typically self-limited and resolved with plentiful rest. A variety
More now than ever athletes are being watched out for when there is trauma to the brain. After multiple cases of poor treatment to concussions parents and doctors are cracking down on letting concussions not be a big deal. As more studies advance, it is discovered that every case is different. The range is created by severity, past experience with trauma, and how the patient heals. Concussions in sports can range in severity, and how they affect each individual over time depending on times of impact.
Sporting events are one of the most common venues for concussion injuries. In 2012 alone, there were more than 3.8 million reported concussions, twice as many as a decade earlier(Firm). Athletes have a very high chance of getting concussions. The severity of the concussion can vary. Concussions are not taken as serious as it should be. The severity of concussions are not taken seriously enough due to the fact of cheap equipment being used, and because of the lack of proper diagnosis and unclear recovery process that can be linked to long term affects from concussions.