The pressure put on kids to perform from coaches, parents, and peers is a lot, and can lead an athlete to put a sports team over their own health. According to Dr. Aaron Karlin, the Director of the Concussion Management Program at Ochsner, “A concussion won’t appear on a CAT scan or MRI, as it is a functional injury to the brain”(Ochsner). Due to the fact that these injuries do not show up on scans, it is completely up to the injured athlete and anyone surrounding them to report any symptoms after a big hit. Although this may sound simple, some athletes ignore symptoms to stay in the game or to return quicker after already being taken out. In a report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council it stated this,” There is still a culture among athletes that resists both the self- reporting of concussions and compliance with appropriate concussion management plans” (Hoffman).
("Concussion Statistics for High School Sports", Lindsey Barton Straus, JD. There is a concussion test on ("Heads up on Concussion" where you can learn how to spot the signs of a concussion. This is helpful for parents to know if their child may be suffering from a concussion or not. The motto is "when in doubt, sit them out". It is better to play
For a player to be recognized, he or she must be in a position to give-up on safety limits and certain boundaries. However, these players get injuries hence affecting their mental wellness, long-term willingness as well as their personal life. Concussions are the leading injuries in football and have attracted the attention of the public who needs to know what can be done to help these
Throughout the years there has been an increase in the number of players with concussions in professional sports. Safety procedures such as ensuring equipment and head gear fit properly along with whenever a player is injured from head-to-head contact, they are examined by a physician for concussion like symptoms and or a concussion. According to Weill Cornell 's Concussion and Brain injury clinic, concussions may possibly have long lasting effects such as headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, irritability, and the sense that you “just do not feel like yourself”. Overall, additional rules an regulations need to be added to professional sports to prevent the risk of traumatic brain damage also known as concussions.
Concussions and head injuries are a huge deal in the game of football. If I had the chance to create a college course on anything I wanted, I think I would try to solve, or at least help this deadly problem. I obviously know that there are already classes researching brain and head injuries and the impact of hits on football players brains, but I think that new course could be created. The students taking this course would not only do research on the injuries, but they would find out how to fix them. One might say it is a mix of a medical course and an engineering course, focused specifically on head injuries in football.
Some other things that I believe that NFL should consider to make the game safer include, Eliminating kickoffs, having a mandatory sit out period after sustaining a major traumatic brain injury, having more support programs for athletes who suffer from concussion issues such as short and long term memory loss and PTSD and lastly, Larger fines for helmet to helmet hits. I think that the team physicians do everything in their power possible to help protect their players but integrity and honesty should be something that they should really demand from these players. Not lying about injuries and allowing the doctors to do their jobs can help reduce the number of concussions by a great deal in hopes that one day we see a game that both the fans and athletes can enjoy equally still while playing at the highest level.
There were some prominent reports that accused corporate interest groups of playing down the information about concussions of former profession football players, and others claim was that the public health groups were playing it up. Organization and player support groups equally supported epidemiological investigations of the link between concussion and a deteriorating brain condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and both have partnered with respected medical foundations to study the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of concussions (Harrison, 2014.
This article is related to my topic because it shows how concussions in youth sports can go unnoticed and that people are actually starting programs that coaches can go to so that they can better educate themselves in making sure that their players are
To try and combat this problem, Provvidenza et al, authors with the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that “the 2008 Concussion in Sport Consensus Statement draws attention to KT 2 and highlights its importance in communicating information about enhancing awareness of and optimising education regarding concussion” (Provvidenza et al 2013). However, struggling to reduce this issue of the increasing rate of concussions, North Carolina decided to implement a new act in 2011 known as the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness
When a player takes a hit to the head they are evaluated by doctors of sports medicine. According to another article in the National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. some ways they evaluate players on the sidelines are how straight they can walk down a line, if their pupils have dilated, asking them how many fingers they’re holding up, and by asking the players if they’re experiencing any dizziness or nausea. After players are diagnosed with a concussion they have to pass a cognitive assessment and a balance evaluation before they are allowed to return to play. So as we all can see there is plenty of evaluations and protocols that are already in place. To sum up all of my statements and opinions on concussions I say that concussions are already being prevented enough because there a lot of equipment development to make helmets more protective with impact technology.
Sports players are getting pulled out of game because of a suspected concussions . I want to invent something that can for sure tell you if it is a concussion. My solution would be a concussion detecting mouthguard. It would work by using impact data plates and it sends the data to the medic at the sports game.
This will allow trainers to quickly assess and diagnose a player. This early recognition of concussions is key because they can start therapy early and allow the player to be back on the field with a lower chance of reinjury than a player who had a concussion that was not detected. This technology will also prevent many players playing through the pain because no athlete wants to have to sit out a game over a headache and many coaches will also force players to play with nagging injuries. This invention is significant because many former NFL and collegiate players are feeling the effects of untreated concussions. Boston College University did a study on former NFL players and 33 out of the 34 players tested showed symptoms for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).