Essay about Concussions And Kids : The Common Type Of Brain Injury

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Olga Tymouch
Journalism 390
Professor Craig LaMay
Final Term Paper
December 9th, 2014
Concussions and Kids
A concussion is the most common type of brain injury in the US. It is defined as a head injury that results in a temporarily loss of brain function that can vary in severity. Annually, Emergency Departments in the U.S. treat approximately 173,825 traumatic brain injuries like concussions among children and teenagers from birth to 19 years of age. Many of these injuries are sports and recreation-related. During the last decade, the frequency of Emergency Department visits for recreation-related brain injuries among children and teenagers increased by sixty percent. Throughout the US, the problem of concussion prevalence has become a front-runner concern for the parents of children who lead active lives and/or those who participate in athletics. By definition, a concussion is not inherently life-threatening. The human brain is surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid, which protects the brain from trauma. However, in the case of severe trauma, like a strong and direct blow to the head, cerebrospinal fluid cannot fully protect the brain from hitting the skull. As a result of such trauma, the brain literally bounces and twists inside the skull, causing stretching, damaging the cells, and creating chemical changes in the neurons (brain cells). Although a concussion isn’t usually immediately life-threatening, the appropriate healing process is crucial. Time dedicated to healing…

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