August 31, 2011

Guest Blog By: Aiden H.

Concussions are being treated with more serious concern by virtually every athletic body, especially those associated with football. For too long, there has been the feeling that if a player managed to overcome the bees in his brain, he was okay to play. Now, however, the medical community advises that concussions are more of a long-term problem than once thought. Experts now believe that concussions are responsible for some 75% of all traumatic brain injuries.

Concussions seldom leave a victim unconscious. It is the symptoms that occur hours or days after the brain injury that create concern. The symptoms include: memory difficulties; feelings of unease, depression and obvious mood changes; light and noise sensitivity; and, taste and smell changes.

Concussions, if left untreated, can create serious problems. Some of those problems include doubling the chance a patient will become epileptic within five years after the collision. People who continually suffer concussions, like football players, can develop untreatable, progressive damage to their brains. Studies have shown that high school football players who had two or more concussions suffered headaches, balance problems and dizziness. Their sleep patterns also were prone to change.

Prevention is the key to dealing with concussions. Players involved in any contact sport should wear appropriate headgear. Make sure the helmets involved fit properly and meet rigid standards for protection. Don't let a child participate in any sport where he or she is well behind others in stature and strength. Log onto for more information.

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