Safety First: Concussions
For many Americans, childhood means a time of playing sports. Whether heading the ball on the soccer field, making a big tackle on the football field, or taking a charge on the basketball court, the youth of this country spend many hours on playing fields and in gymnasiums. While these experiences promote physical fitness and are part of a healthy lifestyle, there’s also a downside that comes in the form of head injuries. Concussions are a dangerous part in sports, especially for young athletes.
The article “Silent Epidemic Preys on Young Athletes” states “Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are 300,000 sports concussions a year” (Washburn). With these numbers, everyone needs to know what a concussion is. A concussion is a jarring of the brain, caused by a blow or fall, usually resulting in loss of consciousness (Concussions). Although concussions are well known in sports, they could happen anywhere at any time. Also, not always after someone suffers a concussion will they be knocked out. To know if someone has a concussion, some of the symptoms could be naus\ea; headache; feeling sluggish, foggy, or groggy; dizziness; or memory loss. It is important to address the concussion right away.
Sports go way back to the beginning of time, but the first recordings were the Olympic Games held in Greece. Some of the events held were boxing, wrestling, chariot races, and much more. Obviously, there were injuries back then too, but the Greeks lacked the technology and the education to treat the afflictions correctly. In this era, it is important for coaches and parents to know how to treat concussions. The most important thing to do when there is a possibility that may have a concussion is to remove them from the game. Once on the sideline, someone should evaluate the player by testing his physical and mental state. For mental examinations, questions could be asked about the location of the game,...
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