Concussions

By: Ethan, Peyton and Liz

Information

A concussion is caused by a blow to the head. The head gets knocked around after the blow and that causes a concussion. A concussion can occur when some one is wearing a helmet if they are hit hard enough. A concussion can cause serious damage to the brain and can have long lasting affects.

Symptoms

  • The person passed out and can't be woken up.
  • The person has seizures.
  • The person's speech is slurred.
  • The person seems to be getting more confused, restless, sleepy, or agitated.
  • The person has thrown up more than once.
  • The person has a headache that gets worse or won't go away.
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Facts

  • 90% of most diagnosed concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness
  • 33% of all sports concussions happen at practice
  • 1 in 5 high school athletes will sustain a sports concussion during the season
  • 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually, with rising numbers among middle school athletes
  • 47% of all reported sports concussions occur during high school football

Sources

"Head Case - Complete Concussion Managements." Stats on Concussions & Sports -. Headcase, 2013. Web. 08 Mar. 2015.

"Head-Zone." HeadZone. Head Zone, 2012. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://head-zone.com/about-concussions/>.

"Concussions." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. Ed. Kate M. Cronan. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Mar. 2015. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/aches/concussion.html>.

Medalson, Will, and Katie Dzwierzyskin. "Young Athletes Risk a Lasting Blow from Concussions." Young Athletes Risk a Lasting Blow from Concussions. Medill Reports, 2014. Web. 22 Mar. 2015. <http://newsarchive.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=206365>.