An Essay On Concussions In Sports

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“Concussion, the Major Sport Injury”

Between 2001 and 2009, there were an estimated 173,000 people treated in the emergency room for concussions related sports or recreation activities.
A concussion is a serious type of brain injury. The word “concussion” comes from the Latin word “concutere” which means “to shake violently.” The soft tissue in your skull is called the brain. The brain is cushioned by spinal fluid. When a concussion is sustained it is a sudden jolt to the brain. In worse cases it can cause the brain to move around in the head. This can also cause bruising and bleeding leading to damage to the blood vessels and injury to the nerves. When this occurs the brain cannot function normally. A person’s vision may be effected.
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While a person is recovering they need to be careful not to bump, blow or jolt to the head or body. Sometimes when a person has a concussion who is healing receives trama it can cause the brain to swell and cause permanent brain damage or even death. Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder. Symptom of this post-concussion consist of a headache and dizziness. These symptoms can last for weeks or even months after the head injury. A concussion syndrome can occur within the first 7 to 10 day and go away within three months. It may also last over a year. Headaches after the concussion can be caused by stress and tension and are sometimes called migraines. A tension headache is mostly associated with a neck injury not a head injury. Sometimes people experience behavior or emotional changes after head injuries. Their family member may notice they have become more irritable, suspicious, argumentative or stubborn.
Scientist believe that multiple concussions or head blows may start chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This is a degenerative brain condition. A lot of NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE after their death. Performing an autopsy is the only way to definitively diagnose this

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