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La’Rae JacksonProfessor AlbrightEnglish 101February 19, 2019Concussions in College AthletesSecond semester of my third year in college, my anatomy professor said to me “Onemore concussion and you’ll never be able to do any physical activity again.” I had already hadthree and was currently sitting out of anything that would raise my heartbeat for having myfourth concussion. A concussion is a type of brain injury. According to Dr. Elizabeth Smoots “Itcan affect brain tasks like memory, balance, concentration, judgement, and coordination.”(Smoots 2017) Concussions can happen in many ways and in many places, but they are mostcommonly associated with athletes who play sports. Concussions in collegiate athletes areespecially harmful in that not only do they affect the athlete’s brain but also their ability toperform well in their academics. Many college athletes will suffer from a concussion during theirtime in school, which can have long-term and harmful effects on their lives. However, while theamount of concussions may not be able to be reduced, a after practice screening can beimplemented to measure, record, and possibly detect concussions early on to combat athleteslying and provide needed treatment, and early an education class can also be implemented tohelp athletes recognize a concussion and it’s symptoms.“A concussion is caused by a sudden, violent jolt to the brain. The force can causestretching and tearing to the brain and soft tissue that supports it.” (Smoots 2017) Liddy Sanderreported that the most common contact sports that can cause concussions are football, soccer, ice
hockey, and basketball. (Sander 2010)In my case is was competitive cheerleading. I sufferedfrom 4 concussions that happened in 4 completely different ways including a falling foot, elbow,a head bump and one that I honestly do not remember how it happened. All these injuriesresulted from a quick and hard hit to the any part of my head. Once a person has one concussionit is easier to be reinjured and they are more likely to obtain another. Concussions can happensuddenly and may cause a person to lose consciousness or momentarily space out. I can recallgetting a concussion in the middle of practicing my team’s competition routine and completelyzoning out and forgetting where I was. I was literally walking in circles trying to remember thenext 8 count until my coach noticed me and stopped our practice. Football alone accounts for avast majority of concussions that happen in student athletes. The nature of the sport and theconstant and repetitive contact are the formula for a concussion to happen.Concussions can cause headache, blurred vision, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite,sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, nausea, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating,irritability, sadness, depression, and many more symptoms. This is especially troubling forcollege athletes because of the environment that they live in. The treatment for concussions is

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