Concussions!

Adreesh Roy, 4th

What is a concussion?

Officially called a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, a concussion is a massive blow to the head causing damage to the brain, affecting its functions.

Where do concussions happen?

Concussions are most present in contact sports like:

What are the effects of a concussion?

Generally, people suffer from on-sight pain and bruising. Other effects include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating or completing tasks
  • Irritability
  • The sense that you “just don’t feel like yourself”

Long term effect?

A concussion affecting someone long term is rare; however those who have suffered report functioning slower in all facets of life.

How can we prevent concussions?

Stop playing contact sports! Obviously this is hard for some sports lovers, so wearing a helmet decreases the damage in any situation involving head injuries. An improvement in cushioning around the head for helmets is needed for all helmets, but they function pretty well as of today.