Short Term Effects Of Concussions In Sports

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Head injuries have become a big issue in contact sports today, with many of the injuries being concussions. Concussions are known for their short-term impact of giving the athlete dizziness, nausea, and drowsiness but the long term impact is highly overlooked. The fact that this is an internal injury and known as an invisible injury is what makes this injury so unique. Physiologically athletes who suffer from concussions with experience higher levels of stress, loss of confidence, and many times experiencing the fear of getting re-injured. Although these are all short-term effects that affect athletes, there are long term effects that people overlook. Athletes long after their concussion experience memory loss, depression, and new
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Concussions can simply happen anywhere from a soccer ball hitting one 's head to a crushing blow to the head from a right hook in boxing. “In 2011 a study reported that for all athletes, concussion rates in high school athletics have increased by 16% annually from the 1997-1998 to 2007-2008 academic years (” Ultimately athletes can suffer from concussions in any sport, but some sports that don’t experience head trauma as much overlook the seriousness of concussions. “Football is the most common sport with concussion risk for males (75% chance for concussion). Soccer is the most common sport with concussion risk for females (50% chance for concussion) (Concussion” In football, it is very likely for there to be a head contact which increases the probability of concussion and in soccer people never think that heading the ball can cause concussions to occur, but it does. With all this head contact anyone who is hit is bound to get headaches but they …show more content…
“There was a study done by comparing the injured people 's risk of developing disorders with the rest of the population and they found that those with concussions are 65 percent more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, 59 percent more likely to develop a depression, and 439 percent more likely to suffer from organic mental disorders (” Some athletes don’t really understand while they are young how important it is to protect their heads because of mental disorders that can come later on in life so they ignore it. It is seen all over the sports world, athletes continue to play after they have experienced a concussion or even sometimes after a couple of concussions, because the effects don’t seem like a big deal in the moment. The more concussions the brain experiences, the more likely someone is to get these long term effects when they get older. There is not enough enforcement towards athletes on this long term effect idea and it seems almost as if the idea was hidden from athletes so they are not educated on the effect. By educating athletes on long-term effects and effects from more than one concussion, athletes will be smarter in regards to putting themselves at risk, which will lower the number of

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