Concussion Research Paper

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Concussions: Time for Change Imagine being in the peak of an athletic career, living the dream of a professional athlete. You start to feel pains in your head and feelings of dizziness and confusion, but you decide to keep playing and ignore the signs. Next thing you know you receive a concussion and are told you will never see the playing field again. Millions of athletes around the world suffer from concussions and thousands of them have fatal effects from them, and their families are burdened with this news. Concussions are a rising problem in our society today and a solution to this problem must be found. Too many people are suffering from side effects from concussion and end up dying much earlier than they normally should. A solution …show more content…
Although, there are still many cases of concussions coming up and a solution is needed to solve the problem completely. Luna Shyr did an article for National Geographic on the improvement of NFL helmet technology. Shyr said there has been testing in Ottawa, Canada, and outside Knoxville, Tennessee to find new ways to improve the helmets to combat concussions. Sensors have been placed into the helmets being tested to measure the impact of game similar impacts to show where the main focus points of contact need to be improved upon. Another issue regarding a way to improve concussions in sport is to better improve the test given to players before they allowed to return to play. If an inaccurate test is performed and athletes are placed back on the field before they should, there is a greater risk of injury. Dr. Sebastianelli says that “A second impact coming within days of an initial blow, can cause cerebral edema and herniation, leading to collapse and even death within minutes.” Some believe that the rules of the sports should be changed in order to ensure that big collisions and hit do not occur. Doing so would take away from the sport being played and a lot of people would not be accepting of that dramatic of a change. This thinking is irrational and is putting athletes at risk of injury and is an unreasonable belief. Even though it would be nice to eliminate …show more content…
The results show that twenty-one of twenty four showed 88% success of a least 50% reduction of the symptoms. With more research put into this medical field and surgery, there can be a great improvement of post-concussion symptoms and many lives can be saved. Once the headache symptom of concussions can be eliminated or reduced further advances on other symptoms such as memory loss can be done. Although a surgery to remove the symptoms of concussions would be very ideal, it is a complicated and expensive procedure. Having a medicine that could clear up the symptoms as well as the surgery does would be a better option. Until a said medicine is researched and discovered the surgery seems to be the best option to treat life threatening brain trauma. As long as peripheral nerve surgery is working and improvements to it are being made, than there significant reason to rush a medicine to eliminate concussion symptoms. It is just of the foremost importance that headache symptoms are taken care of first before more lives are put in danger and others

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