Concussion: Causes and Prevention
After the events of Erikson’s health yesterday, we look at one of the major injuries to sportsmen and women these days, which is the Concussion. As basic as it seems, it has ended the careers of lots of men and women in the sporting industry.
What is Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects the proper functioning of the brain. Effects are usually temporary but can also include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.
Causes of Concussion:
1. Blow to the head by boot, another head of heavy object.
2. Shaking the head vigorously.
3. Fall from high places or heights with the head.
4. Participating in a high-risk sport, such as football, hockey, soccer, rugby, boxing or other contact sport
5. Being involved in a motor vehicle collision
6. Being a soldier involved in combat
7. Being a victim of physical abuse
Symptoms of Concussion:
1. Loss of consciousness.
3. Ringing in the ears
6. Fatigue or drowsiness
7. Blurry vision
Someone witnessing might observe some symptoms like:
1. Temporary loss of consciousness (though this doesn’t always occur)
2. Slurred speech
3. Delayed response to questions
4. Dazed appearance
5. Forgetfulness, such as repeatedly asking the same question
Treatment/Prevention of Concussion:
1. Wearing protective gear during sports and other recreational activities.
2. When bicycling, motorcycling, snowboarding or engaging in any recreational activity that may result in head injury, wear protective headgear.
3. Buckling your seat belt.
4. Making your home safe. Make sure your home is well lit and danger free.
5. To help lessen the risk of head injuries to your children, block off stairways and install window guards.
6. Exercise regularly to strengthen your leg muscles and improve your balance.
7. Teach others about concussions.
8. Coaches and parents can also help encourage good sportsmanship, teach athletes to protect one another during games or sports.
9. Make sure to have first aid kit around all the time.
10. Contact a doctor immediately after any event of concussion or experience of its symptoms.
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