SM Concussions Research

Alexa B

All About Concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is cause by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. A player who might have a concussion will look very drowsy, they will talk with slurred speech, they will have no sense of recognition, possible lacerations, fractures, bruising, and raised skin as well. You will also notice that they can't walk in a straight line typically. Physical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache, fuzzy or blurry vision, dizziness, sensitive to light or noise, balance problems, and feeling tired with no energy. Field treatment of a concussion would be to remove the athlete from the game and after they are removed from the game, a proper first aid assessment should be given. The next step is to observe the signs as well as the athlete's symptoms immediately.
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Any hospital treatment would involve a CT scan to make sure there isn't any brain damage and if there isn't, the patient should be able to go home and rest. The best ways to prevent a concussion would include playing by the rules, wearing the appropriate equipment for your sport the correct way, the coaches should examine the playing field for uneven areas or holes, end poles are padded, and finally practice good sportsmanship.
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