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.
Health professionals are not entirely sure whether or not concussions are linked to these diseases or not. Past studies in animals have shown that trauma to the central nervous system, including the brain, may jump-start the kind of autoimmune reactions that are underlined with multiple sclerosis. Other risk of concussions are chronic headaches, amnesia and neurological disorders like Alzheimer 's disease or Parkinson 's syndrome. These can also lead to second-impact
What is it like to have ALS or a CTE? Either a progressive neurological disease that attacks your motor skills or one that attacks the cognitive parts of the brain. Each one has its own particular attack strategy. On one hand the body is rendered completely motionless while being completely conscious of the outside environment. On the other, the body stays unharmed while it slowly loses the mind, both are equally devastating. These diseases are caused by repetitive concussions & brain trauma. These can be obtained by participating in physical sports that involve being struck on the head. These are the risk that a person must be willing to consider when making decisions to be active in sports.
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In 2014 the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge swept the nation and children, teens, and adults of all ages were participating in what seemed like a fun activity to support a cause no one knew about. ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a neurodegenerative brain disease that affects the motor skills in a person. ALS is most commonly seen athletes due to multiple hits to the head and concussions. ALS, CTEs, and concussions are being more and more recognized as result of athletes being diagnosed with these diseases and in many cases, dying. However, sports organizations should be doing more to educate parents, athletes, and coaches about the dangers of head trauma and ways it can be prevented as well as improving equipment used by athletes..
Recently 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 has 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.
One hard blow to the head, Zack Lystedt’s helmet bounced right off the turf. He laid there but, he soon got up to his feet and to the sideline. The next 15 minutes he was back in the game and playing like a star. During the last play of the game, the other team was about to score and win but he makes a head to head tackle to save the game. This was the second hit which changed his life. Zack faced second impact syndrome and was sent to a hospital in Seattle on the edge of death. He was in a coma for 3 months and could not talk for 9 months. Zack still has to be in a wheelchair (Tarshis). Concussions have occurred in football for decades and players like Zack still risk their lives when they step on the field. Many players ignore the injury
This article is very fascinating and talks about the effect that concussions have on people in today’s society. For year concussions flew under the radar, and almost was never noticed. Only recently did major organizations such as the NFL began to realize the long term effect that concussions were having on their players.
Andre Smith, 17, died from getting hit in the head during a football game. He was hit on the last play of the game, was able to walk off but later collapsed on the sidelines (Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office n.p.). Andre was the seventh person out of eight to die this year. In 2014 five players died and in the past 10 years, at least three players have died each year from hits to the head. Analyst think the reason for having more fatalities in high school than in professional is because of how many people are in the sport.
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.
Many think that a concussion is a slight injury that keeps us out of physical activity for a couple weeks, but it is truly so much more than. Concussions are one of the most serious injuries a person can encounter. It is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury, and it is also one of the most common injuries. Even a mild blow to the head can result in many consequences. Most of these concussions are caused from playing sports, and football is the number one cause. 64 percent of concussions from sports are from football. In the NFL, more and more head injuries are occurring. Concussions can have lasting consequences to your health and need to be taken more seriously by the NFL.
Many varying kinds of head injuries can cause epileptic seizures, or other traumatic diseases, disorders and maybe even paralyzation. The most usual form of head injury is a concussion. A concussion can cause many forms of disorders of the brain that are potentially fatal. The most common way to receive a concussion is from contact sports, such as football, basketball, hockey, and even baseball. But the most prevalent sport that causes the highest amount of concussions is in football.
A concussion can cause loss of consciousness but most patients that have a consussion do not loose consciousness. A blow to the head, neck, or upper body can cause you brain to hit the walls of the skull violently. All concussions cause injury
Axon tearing occurs in more severe brain injuries, but proof is lacking for this mechanism in concussion. It is more likely that concussion is due to rotational acceleration of the brain (jiggling of the brain) that produces a disordered metabolic cascade or biochemical injury such as altered metabolism of glucose or derangement of adenine nucleotides. It is still uncertain where in the brain concussion occurs, or the exact origin of the symptoms of acute concussion. (Tator,1) There needs to be more scientific studies to help provide the mechanisms of a concussion and figure out more information about the exact mechanisms of a concussion.