The Right Inside Linebacker Is The Fourth Quarter, And The Team Needs

1397 Words May 11th, 2015 6 Pages
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 penetrating trauma, but does not absorb all the impact of a violent force" (para. 13). Cerebrospinal fluid is all around the brain and acts as a cushion between the brain and the skull. Even with cerebrospinal fluid, the brain can still make contact with the skull. Making contact with the skull is one of many factors in determining the severity of a concussion. Another major factor of a concussion is how did the brain move. There are two types of movement that cause concussions: linear acceleration and rotational acceleration. Linear acceleration is when the brain advances in a straight line and hits the skull. Rotational acceleration is when the brain gets rotated and hits the skull. Rotational acceleration is thought to be more…

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