Concussions In Sports: What Happened To Matthew Gfeller

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It is the fourth quarter, and the team needs to make a stop. The right inside linebacker makes the tackle but he never gets up, he never walks or sees ever again. This is what happened to Matthew Gfeller, who died two days after getting a concussion from a head to head collision. Scientists have focused on making sports safer. Increased awareness and research about concussions have helped to identify and diagnose concussions.
People know what a concussion is but most people have no idea how concussions occur or how to recognize one. Knowing how people get concussions is important. The most common misconception is that having a hard skull prevents you from having a concussion. According to the AANS (2014), "The skull protects the brain against
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There many different ways to interpret the data that we have on sports related TBIs, but one thing is for sure, there are many different factors that people have to calculate. Before getting into these factors, taking a look at the overall statistics will help set the perspective on how important treatment of sports related TBIs need to be. The AANS measured, "Over 300,000 sports related concussions occur annually in the US" (As cited by ANNS, 2014, para. 5). If you averaged the number of sports related TBIs to the number of states, every state would have a number of 6000 concussions per year. The leading cause of death from sports related injury is a traumatic brain …show more content…
Concussions can come from anywhere, from falling down a flight of stairs, to tripping over something, concussions can occur. Children are especially vulnerable since they are clumsy by nature. Lisa Paradis wrote about new evidence that connected early age concussions with (2014), "diseases such as ALS and Parkinson 's" (para. 1). Most people think that kids falling over is normal, which it is, but they also think that their kids are immortal at a young age. Most people connect concussions with sports. In reality, concussions happen more in everyday life than in sports. For instance, playgrounds are popular spots for young kids to play, but also to fall and get hurt. Paradis writes a statistic that some may find fascinating (2014), "Between 2001 and 2007, there were 16,706 reported emergency department visits for non- fatal traumatic brain injuries occurring on playgrounds in the United States" (para. 4). Playgrounds are fun, but if someone 's kid falls, make sure the kid is okay. Falling is not something to laugh at though. One clumsy moment down the stairs can cause a world of hurt to the brain. Everyday activities, if not done properly or carefully, can send you to a hospital. Chicago Health reported that (2014), "35.2% of ER visits related to traumatic brain injures are from falling...motor vehicles are the second leading cause

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