The growing debate and research on concussions gives parents more reason to exercise caution when encouraging their children to play specific sports. Despite the health benefits from physical exercise associated with sports, the potential long term health risks from concussions scare parents, medical professionals, and athletes competing at every level.
Before pursuing a career in professional athletics or providing your children with endless opportunities to compete, know the possible health problems linked to concussions. No person wants to be experiencing fits of pointless anger, memory loss, debilitating migraines, or other issues related to concussions experienced in sports.
Memory Loss Plagues Pro Athletes
Recently, Brett Favre has come out admitting to experiencing memory loss. These lapses in short term memory may have resulted to his history of multiple concussions while playing quarterback in the NFL. Even the quarterback position which is less liable to head injuries, is still vulnerable to dangerous hits and tackles.
Unfortunately, no person wants to run into memory loss in their life, especially when in their 40s. Favre will have to live with the side effects of a successful, enduring, and physically tough career in American football.
Concussions Linked to Alzheimer’s disease
Due to recent studies on individuals, specifically professional American football players, there are links between reoccurring concussions and Alzheimer’s disease. This research presents the extreme case of memory loss for older individuals.
The studies shouldn’t entirely scare a person from playing football. Yes, it’s a gruesome and very physical sport where individuals brutalize their bodies. But, with the newest equipment, padding, and helmets, the sport is far safer than in previous years.
Concussions in Sports
Although concussions in professional sports make the news headlines, these head traumas are very prevalent in high school and collegiate sports. Many high school athletes who play football, soccer, basketball, and even baseball experience mild to even severe concussions.
Memory loss can start occurring even after the first head trauma. Before college, athletes may have already experienced multiple incidents without even knowing. Contrary to what many people may believe, the sport with the most concussions is cheerleading.
Surprisingly the tossing, falling, and potential dangerous landings lead to concussions in this sport. The famous futbol goalie Petr Cech wears protective head gear due to the number of concussions he’s experienced over his professional career.
Diagnosing and Treating Head Injuries
Whatever the sport, parents and athletes need to be aware of the risk and find ways to reduce the likelihood of incidents. Unfortunately athletes at every level of competition continue to hide concussion related symptoms. For example, NFL players hide systems so that they don’t miss one of the sixteen regular season games. The requirements and steps for managing these head injuries and being able to return to the playing field continue to develop. Some players recover faster while others deal with headaches, blurred vision, and other problems that could develop into greater issues later in life.
Should sports with higher concussion incidents be severely restructured? Not necessarily, but further research is important for individuals who want to pursue professional sports careers. When competing at any level, it’s important to invest in the right personalized healthcare program that’s capable of providing care to handle any head traumas t properly diagnose any concussions and treat those individuals. Reoccurring incidents that go untreated or don’t receive the best care for your specific case, could result in far worse problems.
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