TED Talk: Kim Gorgens

“Kim Gorgens: Protecting the Brain against Concussion.” TED: Ideas worth Spreading. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2013.

Kim Gorgens is a neuropsychologist that makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion. Dr. Gorgens starts off the video by giving a little information about her personal life. She say’s she has a young son who is in soccer. As she continues she puts out the statistic about children 14 years and younger with concussion related visits to the hospital. Cycling 34,366, football 16,902, skateboarding/scootering 11,727, baseball/softball 11,672, and basketball 11,359. Gorgen says when we talk about concussions today many of us say “getting our bell rung” or “dinged” but what really does this mean?

As Kim Gorgens continues her talk by putting out shocking information. Getting into a T-bone car that is 40 mph is 35 G’s, getting hit by a heavy weight boxer in the face 58 G’s, and a kid being hit full on in football is a 103 G’s. The averaged concussed is about 98 G’s. It is also said that when you get a concussion it doesn’t require loss of consciousness it requires a change in consciousness, such as headache, irritability, confusion, amnesia, and so on. Dr. Gorgens continues her speech about concussions and how much they can effect you after you’ve only just had one. Now she says there isn’t one way you can truly prevent concussions from happening besides being more careful such as wearing your helmet while bike riding.

This TED Talk with Kim Gorgens was another eye opener to me. The part of her talk that really stood out to me was the car crash, the boxer, and the football hit and how the football had a 103 G’s of force hitting. Hearing that really makes me put what sport I do into perspective and how at risk I am every time I step on that soccer field.

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