by Laurence Morin-Emond on November 20, 2013 - 12:10am
In that project, I choose to talk about the concussions in sports. In the last years, more and more professional sports are thinking about avoid the fights and the violence between the players. Clearly, they get diseases at long term because of that and we have to find solutions about that problem. As an athlete, it also scared me to be hurt and it’s not cool (for the player, the team, fans friend and family) to be stop by and injury like a concussion. That’s why I decided to make my Research Project on this subject.
A concussion is generally cause by a hit to the head (by a ball, a check) or by a downfall (on the floor of on the ice per example). On the hit, it will cause different symptoms like headaches, heartaches (nausea, vomit), confusion, vertigo, memory problems, intolerance to high light, tiredness and being tetchy. At long term, studies are currently make to prove which kind of diseases a concussion can cause, per example, Alzheimer, a severe diseases of memory loss. Severe diseases can be cause of repetitive and cumulative concussion, which the athlete have chance to get if the steps of rehabilitation are not complete. There’s not just concussion referenced to brain injuries in sport; physic head injuries have also to be considered. Plus of a concussion, an athlete can be diagnostic of vertebrae fracture, face bones break… The head is venerable to a lot of injuries, because the brain easily hit the sides (bones) of the head and when some of them are hurt, it become dangerous. To avoid this kind of injuries, specialists developed protections like helmets and mouth guards. Also, rules of bodychecks have been generated by some sports leagues and for the security of the athlete, some pieces of equipments are obligated to wear.
In conclusion, even if I was already attentive about the subject of concussion, I learned a lot about it when it was time to read and search on the subject. The information constructed my knowledge about the rehabilitation after a concussion (steps), the risks of physic issue (head, neck) and the solutions to avoid concussion (new technologic equipments). I also learned about the diseases the athletes can be diagnosed because of the cumulative concussion, at long term. For sure, it helped me deepen subject and found precise information.