Friday, May 11, 2018

Concussions and the Teen Brain

article by Ryan Castonguay, Brady Cormier, and Jack St. Laurent
edited by Jack St. Laurent

What is a concussion? A concussion is a brain injury provoked by a blow to the head that causes the brain to rapidly move back and forth. This is becoming a more common injury in youth and high school sports. This affects their school, and social lives in many ways.

One in five student athletes will experience a concussion during their season. During their concussion, they will have many limitations. For example, they can't be exposed to too much light and they can’t have much screen time. The concussion also can affect the brain cognitively, emotionally, and physically. It can cause slowness in thinking and forgetfulness. It can cause people to be more worried and for them not to be themselves. Lastly, it can cause dizziness and nausea. Concussions are very serious and can’t be taken lightly.

There are lifetime consequences that come with all concussions as people that have previously had concussions, especially teens are known to have some work deficiencies. Parents and guardians have seen the effects that these concussions have on their student athletes, and they aren’t too happy about them. Athletes are truly being effected on and off the field when it comes to concussions. Things like school are now deeply affected and these athletes struggle to do their best work.

In conclusion, concussions aren’t something you want to play around with. Not giving your child or yourself the proper amount of limitations after a concussion may affect you or them in the long run. It is deeply brought to mind that concussions do need the proper treatment. If your not handled with care after a concussion, don’t be surprised if you see many deficiencies in school, sports, or even your social life. So “heads up” and be careful with your head because it truly plays a huge role in your life.

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