Persuasive Essay On Concussions

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In the United States, about three-million Americans receive concussions every year (DoSomething.org). This number is rising and something should be done to lower the risk. Studies are being done that show that concussions are causing irreversible brain damage and harmful long-term effects. Because of the unknown long-lasting effects, coaches should take precautionary steps to maintain a safe and concussion-free sporting venue. Concussions are trauma-induced alterations in mental status that may or may not be accompanied by loss of consciousness. The brain floats freely inside the skull and is delicate like jello. Sudden or unexpected movement causes the brain to slide back and forth and jam against the skull. Concussions cause cognitive damage, …show more content…
There are approximately five ways that the brain can be injured. Firstly, it can be injured by focal impact, or damage to the point of contact where the brain was hit. Secondly, the brain can be injured by linear impact, or damage to the brain without any indirect contact (Ex: Whiplash). Thirdly, the brain can be injured by coup impact, or damage to the side of impact. Fourthly, the brain can be injured by contra-coup impact, or damage on the opposite side of the impact. Lastly, the brain can be injured by angular impact, or trauma from a sudden head twist which separates the brain stem and spinal cord. The worst concussions are characterized by loss of consciousness directly after the …show more content…
Proper equipment is a necessary factor in concussion avoidance. Helmets, mouth-guards, and shoulder pads should all be checked and cleared for safe use. Even with proper equipment, concussions cannot be avoided. A proper football helmet can prevent against skull injury, but because the brain is free-floating inside the skull a helmet cannot protect against brain injury. Teams should follow state guidelines on protective, proper equipment. Fair and protective rules should be set in place to prevent further concussions. Authorities can put in place as many rules as wanted, but it all comes down to the players fulfilling those rules. Sportsmanship is a necessary ingredient in maintaining a safe sporting venue. Targeting another player and helmet on helmet are extremely dangerous for both people involved. In a scientific sense, scientist are working on antioxidants that would immediately soak up the outside molecules trying to enter the brain, thus ending the death of brain

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