Importance Of Concussions In Football

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Title: Diagnosing Concussions and CTE in PET

Football is one of the most popular sports in the United States and has brought the talk of concussions into the spotlight. A movie was recently created called Concussion to raise public awareness and educate its viewers on the seriousness and severity of head trauma that occurs in the NFL. In total, there are 1,696 players in the NFL, which reported 271 concussions in 2015 alone.1 Concussions have become an important issue because it leads to the condition is known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE and in recent years the National Football League settled a lawsuit brought on by 4,500 former players for concussion-related injuries.2 CTE has been diagnosed in several cases which
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After impact to the head the brain pushes against the skull, causing the brain to move at different speeds, which can lead to bruising or even worse nerve tissue damage. It occurs with or without loss of consciousness and can lead to symptoms which include headache, confusion, sensitivity to light, lack of coordination, slowed reaction, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, and fatigue. Anyone taken to an emergency room with a concussion will be given basic neurological tests, and may have tests such as an MRI or CT scan. A concussion does not cause structural damage to the brain, so these scans are used to rule out a more serious …show more content…
Most people will at some point in their life suffer a mild concussion, in a fall, in a sports accident or being struck in the head by an object. After repeat concussions chance that the individual will develop CTE is increased making it essential that a way to image and diagnose CTE is developed. Current research is promising using PET tracers 18F-FDDNP and 18F-T807 in attempting to identify specific makers along with more imaging techniques for the diagnosis of CTE. Further efforts need to be made to educate players, coaches, and administrators of all levels of athletics to make them aware of the determents of concussions and how to best protect

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