Understanding the Danger of Concussions in Sports
You hear about concussions all the time in sports. Football, boxing, even non-contact sports like baseball can have concussion injuries. Since they’re so common, many people think nothing of them. However, they can be more serious than you realize. If you or someone you know has suffered from a concussion, you need to understand the possible results of such an injury.
One of the reasons concussions can be so dangerous is not everyone will show signs of symptoms. They may feel like they can continue to play and have no issues until days or even weeks later. This puts them at risk for a second concussion, which could be even more serious.
Even when someone exhibits symptoms, it may not always be clear of the cause. Some of the most common symptoms for a concussion include the following:
- Tiredness or lethargy
- Mood changes
- Slurred speech
- Aggressive behaviour
Even when someone experiences a concussion, many times they may return to play as soon as the symptoms go away. However, it can take longer for the brain to recover. What’s even more important to remember is concussions cause some amount of permanent damage, which is cumulative when multiple ones occur.
The term “concussion” doesn’t sound as frightening as traumatic brain injury, but that’s exactly what a concussion is. It causes the brain to move around inside the skull. Chemistry in the brain can change over time with multiple concussions. A person may develop issues with concentration, mood and other abilities.
A concussion isn’t seen on X-rays or other tests, which can make them more difficult to diagnose. With rest and a slow return to normal activity, the person may be fine. However, without a proper diagnosis, they may be unaware of the problem, which could lead to a second concussion and a more serious injury.
Research has shown that a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy may be caused by repeated concussions. It is a progressive disease that causes degeneration of the brain’s function. It may lead to memory loss, impaired judgment, aggression and even dementia. Concussions should never be treated lightly, but taken seriously no matter how the person feels afterwards.