Are Concussions Speeding Up Aging?

“Concussions and Head Impacts May Accelerate Brain Aging.” Concussions and Head Impacts May Accelerate Brain Aging. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2012.

Can a concussion really speed up the aging in your brain? This is what the Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology and the U-M Health System took a look at. The researchers looked at college students with and without a history of concussion and found a difference between them. The differences were found in theĀ  balance and in the brain’s electrical activity, specifically attention and impulse control. Although these differences were not seen present until six years after the injury and was not a drastic difference.

Now of course the point of this was to perform a study not scare people Broglio stated. There are other factors that can effect this study and that would be the lifestyle of the person. Whether the person smokes, the amount alcohol consumption, physical exercise, family history and whether or not you “exercise” your brain also impact the brain’s aging process. A concussion can just be a small portion to this factor of speeding up aging. Just because you get a concussion does not mean your aging will speed up, but repetitive concussion may.

While looking into more about concussions this is the first time I have heard about speeding up aging, but this does not surprise me. When you get a concussion you are damaging your brain. Again like in my last post this is not meant to scare you it is meant to make you more aware. I am no expert on concussions from reading a couple of articles and watching a couple video clips, but I am more aware and informed.

Basic Concussion Information

“Concussion Management.” Concussion Overview: Signs, Symptoms, Assessment, Management Guidelines, Recommendations, Treatment, Recovery. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2012.

A concussion is defined as: disturbance in brain function that occurs following either a blow to the head or as a result of the violent shaking of the head. It is estimated that 300,000 annual incidences sports-related concussion happen. It is also estimated that when a child is in a full contact sport and in their season that they have a 19% chance of getting a concussion. Concussions are drastically changing the way people think about full contact sports and are making people more aware.

When an athlete gets a concussion common symptoms reported by athletes are headaches, nausea, balance problems, dizziness, and much much. Most athletes do recover from their concussion, but sometimes they can experience lasting effects like sensitivity to light, sleeping difficulties, fatigue, chronic headaches and much more. These lasting effects are often refereed to as “Post Concussion Syndrome.” Often making this very difficult to allow an athlete to continue their sport. The best thing you can do if you think the player or yourself has a concussion is to remove the athlete our of the game and doesn’t return and is then medically evaluated by a doctor.

Being in a full contact sport I am fully aware of how serious a concussion can be and come to. I have seen players quit their sport because of how much damage they have done to their head and hopefully don’t have to come to this one day. I felt that this article did a good job on telling all the facts about concussions. It tells you symptoms, what to do if you get one in a game, and even the lasting effect a concussion can have on you. After reading this article and reflecting upon it I don’t want people to be afraid to play a full contact sport. The point is to make sure people are aware and to be informed.

Growing Concussions in Girls’ Soccer

“Concussion Crisis Growing in Girls’ Soccer.” Rock Center with Brian Williams. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2012.

Concussions in girls’ soccer is a growing epidemic and has effected thousands of girls in the sport. Today girls make up 48 percent of the more than 3 million kids registered in US Youth Soccer leagues. With such a big percentage of girls playing soccer it is now said to be the second largest amount of all reported concussion in young athletes, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Concussions are and have put many young athletes out of the game for the rest of their life’s and leaving a lasting effect on their daily lives.

Kimmie Zeffert age fourteen was one of many girls to tell her story of her concussions. Kimmie was twelve years old when she had her first concussion. She had gone up for a header with another player and was elbowed in the back of the head. Kimmie knew something didn’t feel right, but when asked if she was okay and if she needed to come out of the game she said no she was fine and stayed in. Those hits and elbows to her head had the consequences and needed up ending her career in soccer at a young age.

I found this article to be one of the most interesting stories I have read. This story was also shown on TV on NBC with Brian Williams and my mom had shown me it. I had watched it and found this to also not only be on the interesting stories, but one very sad. Some of the girls that had told their stories in the article lives changed forever, some can’t be in school for more than four hours and some can’t be in a regular lighted room without getting a intense headaches. This article really opened up my eyes to the growing epidemic of concussions, especially in the sport I play. I put myself at risk everyday I step on the field and could face these daily challenges that these girls face too if I’m not careful.