Common Concussions In Sports

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Concussions are a constant and exceedingly common in children, teens, and high school athletes over the years. I chose this topic because in my high school sports career I have unfortunately gotten two concussions for soccer. The concussions caused me to struggle to keep up my grades, get a good night’s sleep, focus in class, and I had a constant headache. Athletes in club sports and high school sports have the constant risk of getting a concussion in the activities they participate in, and necessary equipment to help prevent concussions is often unworn or even unrequired. Along with players not wearing the proper articles, they could overlook a possible concussion due to the low severity of it. Between 1.6 million and 3.8 million sports-related …show more content…
Concussions are a frequent issue and risk for all high school athletes. Harvey says that, “Sports activities cause an estimated 20% of all TBIs among youths and young adults” (Harvey, 2013, p. 7). This evidence shows how high the risk of concussion is for student athletes. Although sports are a fun past time, they could end up changing your life as you know it for a while. Harvey tells readers that sports have caused over 300,000 TBI’s (Traumatic Brain Injuries) in the 2012 year. A concussion can cause many different symptoms such as loss of consciousness, memory loss, headache, and, on the rare occasion, death. TBI’s could be caused by many different things, but they are most common in children and teens when in a situation involving body to body contact in sports. There could be head to head contact, head to ground contact, or head to boards. There have been rules and regulations made to reduce an athlete’s risk of suffering from this injury, but there is always more that could be done. If someone had a concussion and returns to the sport too quickly, they are at much higher risk of repeated the same injury and having the injury be worse. Having better rules and regulations could begin to reduce the risk and eventually the amount of injuries reported; In hockey the helmets worn must be approved by officials along with the improvement of the technology of the …show more content…
Not as severe concussions could be looked past and go unreported and untreated. Emmons explains that, “Athletes often don 't realize they have been seriously hurt, or they try to hide it. Because concussions are an unseen injury, they can go undetected by coaches and trainers” (Emmons, 2007, p. 18). The information above explains that there are many concussions that go unnoticed or are even purposely covered up. Dedicated players may dread the time they must sit out for an injury, so hiding it could be seen as their best bet. Dr. Ted Guarino (2007) explains in a passage that patients that have often become disappointed and upset with him for not clearing the athlete from their concussion to play again. Over the years coaches have gotten used to kids getting a little head knock and going right back in the game after a minute or two. This makes it more difficult for coaches to notice the signs of a more serious injury to their head (Emmons, 2007). Having coaches be more aware and cautious of the signs of concussions could help reduce the amount of unreported concussions; they could also require more frequent

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