Topics: Human brain, Cerebrum, Cerebral cortex Pages: 1 (300 words) Published: May 10, 2013
Melissa Ingrassia
“The Case of the Fallen Athlete”
1. The left hemisphere because strokes affecting the left hemisphere causes the right side of your body to become paralyzed and difficulty with your speech and communication.

2. An fMRI can identify the exact location and extent of the damage the stroke caused on Tim’s brain.

3. There are other ways Physicians can view the damage of Tim’s brain for instance there are two hemisphere of the brain that control different functions. So if a particular function is impaired after his stoke then it can indicate which specific part of the brain has been damaged. If Tim lost his vision after the stroke then the damage might have been to his sensory area in the occipital lobe. If he would have lost his sensation on the left side of his body then the damage might have been to his right side of the sensory area of the cortex. If his personality suddenly changed then the damage would have been to his limbic system in the central core.

4. The pituitary gland in the endocrine system helped Tim’s body, because of the hormones which are produced naturally by the endocrine system which will help his growth whether exercising or him just relaxing. He could have taken artificial hormones/ steroids to speed up the process but they have many dangerous side effects, like heart attacks, strokes, cancer and violent behavior.

5. Neuroplasticity is what is responsible for Tim’s recovery of his lost speech and motor functions. The brain has the ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between neurons. For them to reconnect the neurons need to be stimulated through activity. With a healthy life style and physical therapy Tim will be able to make a complete recovery.
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