Concussions and Sports

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Concussions and College Football

Head injuries in the world of sports and athletics are not typically unheard of but in actuality they are extremely common. Depending on the type of sport played, the rates of head injuries vary and are higher in some sports than in others. It is not unheard of to hear of a college football player to have been taken out in the middle of a college football game due to a concussion, which is in fact, the most common type of head trauma. “In the United States, over 300,000 sports-related concussions occur annually, and the likelihood of suffering a concussion while playing a contact sport is estimated to be as high as 19% per year of play. More than 62,000 concussions are sustained each year in high-school contact sports, and among college football players, 34% have had one concussion and 20%, multiple concussions” (Brain Trauma Research Center 1). But what exactly is a concussion? A concussion by definition 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” (WebMD 1). In cases of concussions, there may not be any visible signs of brain injury but bruises and/or cuts may be present on the head or face.  “The CDC reports that approximately 3.8 million sports related concussions occur every year in the U.S. A concussion in football is caused by a blow to the head or a hard hit to the body that jars the neck and head” (LeMaire 1). Due to the high potential for an individual that plays football to suffer from a blow to the head during a football game whether through a tackle or any other traumatic incident is always present, it is important that football players are knowledgeable enough about concussions as far as symptoms, complications, treatment, and prevention. Determining whether or not someone has had a concussion is often times very complicated and deceiving because there are no visible symptoms because of the brain’s...
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