Concussion Awareness (in football)

Stephen Taft

What is a concussion and how is it caused?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head or body.

The 2015 Season

Since the start of the high school football season, eight high school football players have died following on-field injuries, matching both last year's total and the average number of football-related deaths since the late 1990s, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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Former NFL Players Suffering

Brett Favre, Tony Dorsett and plenty of other Ex-NFL players have been diagnosed with ALS and CTE Symptoms from crushing hits to the head and neck area. These players have publicly acknowledged either having been diagnosed with likely CTE or having suffered symptoms, such as dementia or unusual memory loss, consistent with CTE. In some cases, the player has received a diagnosis of ALS but symptoms are consistent with CTE. There are at least two dozen former players who were diagnosed as part of a UCLA study but have not come forward publicly.There are also around 4500 former players who joined a class action suit against the NFL alleging that it had covered up a growing body of medical evidence about the preponderance of head-trauma related CTE in ex-NFL players

Effects of a Concussion

Long-term effects of concussions are very rare. Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause symptoms similar to a concussion, but individuals with these TBIs often experience more severe problems with attention and short-term memory, have difficulty performing daily tasks, and report feeling “slower” overall. Difficulty making decisions or processing a lot of information, or trouble resolving problems, can have a significant impact on one’s life. It is important to know that — even years after an injury — these symptoms can get better, especially with treatment from a professional with expertise in brain injury.