Sports: The Importance Of Concussions In Sports

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Concussions, they have been getting worse and more concerning over the years and recently there have been many new advancements in prevention and treatment. Research made to protect the athletes from long and short term brain trauma. But for sports it is coming down to if the rules of the game need to be changed to protect the players, or if we let them play on as they have with the risk of harming themselves possibly indefinitely. First what is a concussion, it is when you recieve a big blow to your head or body that results in traumatic shaking of the brain. And can be very harmful if not treated correctly or spotted when it happens.
Concussions have been increasing dramatically in the last 10 years, doubling the amount from previous years.
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(NBC) obtained records from multiple sports at 41 districts around Dallas-Fort Worth area and turned up more than 2,500 concussions, including 223 in boy's high school soccer, 145 in boy's high school basketball, 183 in girl's high school soccer, 121 in girls softball and 62 in cheerleading. (Figer, 1) Kids in all sports have a risk of getting injured and a risk on getting a minor or severe concussion but in studies kids who have already gotten concussions are more likely to get another one with the possibility of it being worse. (Eerson, 1 ) The literature on lingering or “cumulative” effects of multiple concussions is mixed. The purpose of this study was to examine whether athletes with a history of three or more concussions perform poorly on neuropsychological testing or report more subjective symptoms …show more content…
(Mittenberg, 1) This data suggests that a period of cognitive and physical rest may be a useful means of treating concussion-related symptoms, whether applied soon after a concussion or weeks to months later. With just the right amount and going over the amount of rest and healing, the brain should heal and you will have no problems later on in life. But the best way would be just to be smart and stay home until you are starting to heal and to stay away from all screens and loud noises that could harm your brain. (Mikael Relander, 1) In a study designed to compare two types of treatment of cerebral concussion, 178 patients were allocated to a routine treatment or to an active treatment group; in the latter a good prognosis was emphasized, the patient was mobilized early and given physiotherapy. In the routine treatment group the average time off work was 32 days compared with 18 days in the active treatment group. Physiotherapy seemed to be particularly valuable in old patients and in those with exaggerated fears about their condition. It is suggested that throughout their illness and follow-up, patients with cerebral concussion should be under the care of one doctor, one who is particularly interested in the subject. People need to know more about this topic to be more aware in a case where they need to