Sports Injuries: Concussions
In many sports today, players are suffering injuries that often are left untreated or even unnoticed. As “whatever” to you this may seem, injuries such as these are dangerous, serious, and can be impairing or life-threatening. When a concussion takes place you are basically bruising your brain, it may cause swelling and possibly extreme pain as well as other symptoms. Not something to play with in terms of sports injuries, it is not something you can just walk off, nor should you. So, listen closely and take notes.
What is a concussion?: According to WebMd., A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.
You don’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury. But other people won’t. With rest, most people fully recover from a concussion. Some people recover within a few hours. Other people take a few weeks to recover. Either way definitely seek medical attention and professional care.
Symptoms of a Concussion: Some symptoms include, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision, balance problems, light or noise sensitivity, feeling slowed down, difficulty remembering, reasoning, or concentrating, becoming more easily emotional, angered, or irritable, and excessive nervousness or anxiety. Although these are common symptoms, there are many more, why is why it is crucial to seek further medical attention.
How common are concussions?: Concussions and other brain injuries are actually very common. Approximately every 21 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a type of brain injury. One of the most common reasons people get concussions is through a sports injury. High-contact sports such as football, lacrosse, rugby, boxing, and hockey pose a higher risk of head injury, even with the use of protective headgear. Seemingly unavoidable, the only thing that can be done to avoid a concussion is to take as many safety precautions as possible before participating in a high contact sport.
What is being done to prevent concussions?: Companies such as Cascade, Brine, Nike, Under Armour, and Reebok are doing everything possible to add safety upgrades to their equipment lines. They are developing new types of padding, suspension, impact resistant plastic and fibers, as well as making equipment lighter and stronger at the same time. A good example of this is the Cascade Pro 7 Lacrosse Helmet, and the Reebok 11k Hockey Helmet.
Although concussions are still going to happen, you can do your part and take all necessary precautions to better protect yourself and others around you. The resources are there, but it is the players and parents that need to put in the effort to make contact sports a safer and more enjoyable group of sports.