By Taylor Martin
When an athlete is hit in the head, it is more than just painful, that player could receive a severe brain injury called a concussion. A concussion is a violent shock from a blow to the head. More and More sports players are getting concussion, causing major problems for children all over America.
The biggest reason kids are getting concussions in sports is that they are uninformed and unprotected. Helmets may cushion the head but it doesn’t stop the blow to the head that causes the injury. High school athletes that have gotten a concussion are three times more likely to get another concussion in the same year.
It isn’t entirely the player’s fault. 15.8% of football players who have a concussion severe enough to lose consciousness return to play in the same day. Coaches are usually unaware of athletes having concussions because symptoms can appear hours to years later.
The symptoms of a concussion are severe headaches and migraines. Allison Reed says she had felt fatigue and nausea. Each concussion is different; depending on the impact and the person getting hit. It has been proven that girls are more likely to receive a concussion and have worse symptoms.
Time is the only thing that truly heals a concussion. “They [symptoms] still happen sometimes, but not as much as when it first happened.” Said Brian Robbins, whose concussions occurred four years ago. Young athletes are having so many brain injuries; leaving them with struggles in the future.
50% of “second impact syndrome” results in death. Second impact syndrome is when a person gets a second concussion. Brian Robbins had two concussions in the time span of three weeks. Players that refuse to sit out of the game or practice usually have a second concussion that can be life threatening. When these athletes grow older, they could suffer with memory loss, severe headaches, and if they bump their head, they could have very serious brain injuries and terrible concussions.
Professional sports players, such as Brett Farve, are speaking out against concussions. They know first-hand how horrible it is to deal with a concussion and to live with the after effects.
High school athletes have a total average of two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations a year in the U.S. Studies show that mouth guards and face masks only stop injuries such as scratches and broken teeth; they don’t protect against concussions.
Concussions are very common injuries but not enough research has been performed to know how to fully protect against them. Rules in sports help prevent players from taking a blow to the head but concussions are still bound to happen unless athletes are given more protection.