Research #2 - How might a concussion affect teen's brain development?

Hello again everyone,

For my research this week I'm going to look into all types of side affects that come with concussions. Which will include long term affects and a certain side affect that relates to teens the most.

Some common side affects doctors see in concussion patients daily include:

- constant headaches/ having a lot of pressure in your head

- feeling dizzy and seeing stars or shapes

- vomiting or feeling nauseous

- being very sensitive to bright lights

- ringing in the ears

- having amnesia around the time of the impact

- not being able to speak clearly and forgetfulness

- mood swings (especially anger, sadness and depression)

- not being able to stay balanced (1)

 

Here is a list of long term affects that could happen in concussions.

- always having headaches worse than they were before

- having difficulty staying focused completely on a task

- feeling like you not yourself anymore (personality changed after a concussion)(2)

- common personality changes includes more irritability, depression, anger and anxiety  

-  having a shorter attention and concentration span (3)

 -  In worst case scenario you could have developed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy which is a degenerative diseases that creates more abnormal proteins called tau. Tau will slowly kill your brain cells and it is more prone to athletes that have repeatedly had TBI's. (4)

 

The side affect that concerns teens the most is they tend to lose their short term memory after a concussion. In 2012, scientists collected data on 96 male athletes that had concussions in the past couple of months. 30 athletes were adults, 32 athletes were ages 9-12 and 34 athletes were teenagers and theses athletes were compared to people who didn't have a concussion. The data collected suggested that teens frontal lobes are growing rapidly in sprouts so they are fragile. Which means that their injuries and side affects could be more severe than adults or younger children if they suffer a concussion. (5)

 

Citation:

1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/dise...ymptoms/CON-20019272

2. http://weillcornellconcussion....fects-brain-injuries

3. https://www.traumaticbraininju...-Mild-TBI-Concussion

4. http://concussionfoundation.or...g-center/what-is-cte

5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...ct-te_n_1307886.html

 

On my next research round, I plan to find information all about athletes and concussions. Like are they more prone to have concussions then people who don't play sports or are their concussions more severe?

Any feedback or information would be helpful

Original Post

Hey Lauren,

I was looking for some websites and videos that you could possibly use for you next round of research.

i think that you could compare the sports and the ratio of the people who will get a concussion. Like someone who plays football would have a higher risk than someone who golfs.

"Football is the most common sport with concussion risk for males (75% chance for concussion)" (1)

"Soccer is the most common sport with concussion risk for females (50% chance for concussion)" (1)

(1) http://www.concussiontreatment...concussionfacts.html

Hi Lauren,

I love how much you have researched and how simple and detailed it is! Today in  one of my classes, a girl tripped and hit her head on the ground very hard. For what we know, she will be ok but she might have a small concussion.  This is basically showing how anyone can hit their head any day anytime. Last year, we learned that if you already have had a concussion before, your more prone to get another one, because the 'cushioning'  inside your head is not as strong. Here is a website talking about sports and concussions :

http://www.headcasecompany.com...n_concussions_sports

Hope this helps!

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