Kate Machnik


Do you know that you could get a concussion of the brain? Have you heard that it is a serious condition? Do you know someone that has had a concussion's? A concussion is a the shaking of the brain inside the skull that changes the alertness of a injured person. If you get a concussion you may feel dazed and experience perhaps with memory loss, headache, muscle weakness, and numbness or tingling. If you have a concussion, watching sports or playing video games, are especially bad for you because they require a lot of eye movement.

1.6 to 3.8 million people may experience concussions that are not officially diagnosed because they don't go to a hospital to see a doctor (Goldsmith). Concussions are very serious. However, they can be cured. Concussions mostly occur in sports but could also occur in different situations: "According to the centers for disease control and prevention, almost four million sports- and recreation- related concussions are recognized every year, with many times that number occurring but going unrecognized" (Cantu). Concussions have many symptoms but some can be more serious than others. People with concussions, even mild ones, can experience symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. They have problems with balance and concentration. (Connie goldsmith). Concussions have many symptoms but there is a way to get better. However, if your brain is injured again before the first injury heals, it can lead to serious medical problems. Some people who are concust stay in a dark or quiet room to help them feel better. Even if you start to feel better, your thinking, behavior, and balance might take a little longer to heal. Avoid sports and physical activities until your concussion is completely healed (Teens Health). In conclusion, concussions are becoming more serious as they are more talked about. However, even though they seem scary an bad, there are solutions to getting them treated.

5 to know before you go

facts about conusssions

- if the brin twists during impact, large numbers of axons that connect neurons are injured as well

- In the fall (football season and winter (ice hockey) the numbers goes up

- In the US, athletes suffer from roughly 3000,000 conussions every year

- Conussions in sports occur when an athlete is slammed and makes a sudden and forceful contact

- Once someone has a conussion, it becomes easier for them to have a second conussion

Explain it to me: Concussions


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