The Dangers Of Concussions In Sports

Concussions are dangerous. Recently, some light has been shed on one of the newest yet most pressing issues of the most recent years. Concussions, a potentially fatal outcome from high impact collisions in aggressive sports. At a professional level, competitors are at an all time high in their athletic ability. Although there are much worse and life threatening injuries in sports, concussions are a common injury that can happen multiple times. With these types of forces and pressures on the head athletes become prone to a number of impairments directly effecting how well the brain is able to function. Concussions have made headlines in the news and have caused a lot of new research for psychological and physiological studies. Such injuries …show more content…
These sports, football in particular, don’t take into consideration the long term effects these hits entail. The rules and regulations regarding safety should be reviewed and revised to ensure better safety for current and upcoming athletes. There is no equipment yet that is concussion proof, this makes every sport an athlete plays very dangerous. Every individual perceives pain differently this may cause it to become hard to diagnosis the concussion. When looking at concussion diagnosis there is three different levels mild, moderate, and Many mental impairments can happen, but the main ones include Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and mild cognitive impairment which is a form of dementia. Researchers have shown the importance of these injuries. Concussions are capable of ending athlete’s careers by nasty consequences. While every contact to the head is considered part of the game, each hit creates more opportunity for brain damage and mental illnesses. Even with all of these risks sports have become more safe then they ever have …show more content…
One major disease is known as mild cognitive impairment. This is “a form of dementia that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, then similarly aged men who didn’t play contact sports”, (). It is thought to happen by “repetitive head trauma sustained by career players. But unlike other types of illnesses related to contact sports, the deficits seen in the current study can be caused by much lower-impact hits, including those that do not cause concussion”,(). Another injury is known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This is a “gradual buildup of a brain protein called tau. Just as with Alzheimer’s patients, where accumulation of plaques and tau tangles can space out healthy brain tissue and let nerve connections wither away, damage caused by concussions can trigger the accumulation of tau in cases, eventually forming deposits large enough to interfere with key functions such as learning, planning and organization”, (). These types of injuries can alter lives and change the thinking of many in the worst cases these diseases have proven to be fatal. A National Football player by the name of Junior Esau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his disease became so bad that he formed depression that led to his suicide at the age of forty-three. The interesting part about this is he was never diagnosed with a concussion over his career in the National Football League. This example shows just how hard it is to diagnose a

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