Concussions Essay

374 WordsJan 29, 20122 Pages
Football is a very rough and rigorous sport, and despite all of the protective gear and padding, injuries are still very common (Cluett 1). The combination of the size of the players, speed at which they are playing, and the physical nature of the game, make football injuries very common (Cluett 1). One of the most common injuries in football are concussions. Concussions are ranked in the top ten most common injuries in American football, and usually occur because of a blow to the head. A concussion is a “jarring injury of the brain resulting in dysfuction. It can be graded as mild, moderate, or severe depending on the loss of consciousness, amnesia and loss of equilibrium,” (Stout 224), or to simplify it, it is “an impact to the head the causes a change in mental status,” (“Neuroscience for Kids” 1). Some signs of a concussion are headache, dizziness, confusion, ringing ears, nausea, vision disturbance, loss of balance, memory loss (amnesia), and difficulty concentrating (Patton, Sheridan, Jones 1), most people who have experienced a concussion have not lost consciousness (“Neuroscience for Kids” 1). Side effects following a concussion may include stiff neck, severw headach, repeated vomiting, confusion that gets worse, difficulty walking, speaking, or using arms, convulsions (seizers), and unusual sleepiness (Patton, Sheridan, Jones 1). These symptoms may last from a few minutes to many days. Football players that suffer from concussions the most are high school and college division III (smaller colleges) players; defensive backs, offensive linemen, and linebackers; special team players and wide receivers suffer more sever concussions (“Neuroscience for Kids” 1). Most concussions occur during the game opposed to during practices (“Neuroscience for Kids” 2), and “thirty-three percent of injuries occurring during kickoff and punt were severe, and twenty

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