Invisible injuries are the worst
by mike_parent on November 6, 2013 - 1:56pm
Injuries happen in every sport, at every moment. It is nice to see big hits in contact sports but for the players the impact can damage their health. We often hear about torn ligaments in knees or concussion, a torn ligament speaks for itself we all know what it is but a concussion not really. Those two articles talk about those head injuries and define them to make it easy to understand what it really is.
Ferullo, Shawn M., and Alysia Green. "Update On Concussion: Here's What The Experts Say." Journal Of Family Practice 59.8 (2010): 428-433. Academic Search Premier. Web. 6 Nov. 2013.
A concussion is not only having headaches after a hit or for a day or two. There is much more symptoms that are related to head injuries like that, there is a total of 24 symptoms that may suggest concussion; dizziness, neck pain, confusion, low energy, etc. A battery of test must be done for a player that is affected by a head injury and that includes memory function and balance tests. There is a lot of athletes that are faced with this traumatism across the United States, whether it is in contact sports or non-contact ones. Concussion can be well treated if the steps to get back in the game are made properly and followed by players correctly. A concussion is a brain traumatism that can affect a person for the rest of his/her life.
Wills, Sally M., and Janet M. Leathem. "Sports-Related Brain Injury Research: Methodological Difficulties Associated With Ambiguous Terminology." Brain Injury 15.7 (2001): 645-648. Academic Search Premier. Web. 6 Nov. 2013.
It is hard to know when a concussion is really ended. Even if the athletes does not feel anything concrete, the injury can still be there and it becomes dangerous for the life of the athlete. After a concussion the brain is still damaged from the hit that the player took. The term mild medical injury is often not use properly by the people that do not have backgrounds on concussions. An injury like that one as to be taken on another level than just mild injuries. The problem is that the majority of the people around sports categorize concussions as a little head injuries but in reality it is one of the worst think that can happen to an athlete not only for the sport but for every aspect of his life.
The two articles that I summarized above are talking about the same subject but not precisely. The main subject is head injuries in sport, one of those two is talking about the process of an athlete needs to do before getting back in the game. In another hand, the other one is on the definition of a concussion and how people do not pay attention like it really needs.