Concussions Are Hitting Many Athletes

By Karmen Alexander.

As excitement builds for the recently started spring sports season, so does the risk of injuries, such as concussions.

Most concussions occur when the head hits an object, or a moving object strikes the head. Warning signs are headache, nausea, balance problems, confusion, and amnesia. The best way to detect a concussion would be neurocognitive test; these evaluate thinking skills, memory, attention, and more. Most tests are conducted after a patient has gotten an injury and are most effective at confirming concussions.

Ron Waldrop, the medical director for the Head2Head Concussion Management Program, said to the Washington Post, “It’s estimated that, of all the high school athletes, 20 percent will have a concussion in any particular season.” Waldrop also stated that 75% of concussion patients are young athletes.

Whenever a student receives a concussion there are many steps taken to make sure the student is properly healed. “The recovery process was a week long process of sitting in a dimly lit area with little to no interaction with anything,” said sophomore Ben Allison.

After receiving a concussion it’s important to avoid physical exertion or any mentally demanding tasks. When you have received a concussion taking oneself out of the game or event that caused the injury is a must. Getting enough rest and slowly working back up to full mental capacity will help with healing completely.

In recent years there have been many advances in general knowledge of concussions and noticing concussions. Due to this there has been an increase in the number of concussions in high school athletes. There are eight times more documented concussions in girls’ soccer and 4.5 times more in girls basketball.

The Woodgrove High School nurse Stephanie Lovasz, R.N. said, “It’s not the first concussion, it’s the second that can cause the most damage.” In most cases the first concussion is minor and not noticed. Not properly treating a concussion can lead to an even worse head injury that may cause long term side effects.

“Many risks like not having the memory or ability to do things I use too,” said sophomore Kade Lambert. The long term effects of include diminished sense, memory loss, mood swings, and more. Taking the proper precautions before and after getting a concussion can greatly decrease the severity of it.

Wearing helmets and protective head gear help decrease the chances of getting head injuries. Many sports require head gear or other forms of head protection other than helmets.