What Doctors Call Second Impact Syndrome? Essay

1636 Words Nov 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Six years after a concussion in a high school football game, Cody Lehe still lives with his parents, and can barely function like a normal person can. After a helmet to helmet hit in a football game, followed by a second hit in practice, Cody now has what doctors call second impact syndrome. After 55 days in the intensive care unit, Cody was transferred to the rehabilitation section of the hospital, and finally left the hospital after 98 days. He has suffered cardiac arrest, hypotension, pneumonia, renal failure and sepsis, along with not being able to walk or talk. (Lupkin 14) Cody 's concussion has changed his life forever. “Often dismissed as just getting your bell rung, concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries that can lead to long-term neurological impairment if not properly diagnosed and treated.” (Emmons 6) Concussions have become a huge problem in the last five years, with more and more athletes being affected. It has been estimated that between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur annually, but that number probably underestimates the problem.(Emmons 14) Maturing brains are also more susceptible to brain impact, which include youth to high school age athletes. However, baseline testing is a new tool in dealing with concussions. Companies such as “ImPACT,” which was co-designed by Lovell are now becoming more popular in sports. Concussion testing should be required for all high school sports because it helps track the athletes recovery process,…

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