Concussions In High School Sports

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There are so many school issues that need to be addressed. One major problem is the increasing number of concussions that are occurring in high school sports. In this paper I will explore the problem of concussions and talk about the ramifications of concussions. Until the last few years, school athletes suffering from concussions has not been addressed seriously. However, the impact on students and schools is tremendous. Many organizations and schools have not taken precautions to address concussions. However, the ramifications of student athlete concussions haven’t been really revealed and educated until now. So why are concussions a problem with high school athletes? There are 300,000 high school sports related concussions that occur…show more content…
The brain is soft material cushioned by a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid that is on the inside of the skull. A violent blow the head, neck, or body will make the brain jolt back and forth causing it to hit the inside of the skull bruising the brain or causing the brain to bleed. In a car crash or head to head contact such as in football the sudden acceleration and deceleration could cause a concussion. Much of the concussion talk in high school sports centers on football but it is not the only sport that can a concussion. There are multiple sports in which concussions can occur. Also, in each sport an athlete can have multiple concussions. There are approximately 8,000 children are treated in the emergency room each day for sports related injuries. Among those, 15% to 17% experience the highest emergency visits for sports injuries. The Centers for Disease Control estimates reveal that 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year. There are 102 sports related deaths of young athletes in between 2008 and 2009. There were 50 in 2010 and 40 in 2011. Concussions can be life threatening and need to be addressed…show more content…
The American Academy published concussion guidelines several years ago and in 2014, President Barack Obama announced in the Health Kids and Safe Sports Conference asked for additional research and solutions for the concussion crisis. Every state in the nation and the District of Columbia now has a sports concussion law establishing mandatory protocols on playing, when to return to sports and school, and credentialing requirements for individuals. However, the laws across the states are not consistent. On a national level, from 2005 to 2012, overall the rate increased by.23 to.51 concussions per 1,000 athletes. This increase may be alarming and might indicate a rise in danger for the student athlete but really it means more people are noticing concussions and how they affect the athletes. In about 2008 and 2009 states started passing laws promoting education about concussions and setting a return to play guidelines for youth sports. Lately the NFL has begun addressing this issue as retired athletes are now being diagnosed with dementia and other neurological problems. The primary sports in which student athletes might suffer more concussions are boys football, boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, boys wrestling, boys baseball, and girls softball. In these nine sports between 2005 and 2012 the system captured 4,024

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