“Media’s Influence On The Invisible Injury”

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A day that most people would remember for the rest of their life ended fast for a seventeen-year-old senior soccer player. She was in the state championship. She had dreamed of being in this game all her life and little did she know that it was going to be her final game. She was feeling great but nervous. The game started and ten minutes into the game she went for a header and hit heads with her opponent and then smacked her head off the ground. She told everyone that she was fine and that she could continue to play, but little did everyone know she was having the worst headache of her life and she was lightheaded and dizzy. She played through it, however. With only thirty seconds left in ...view middle of the document...

In time, this will help to create a safer playing environment for all athletes. The question is, does the media truly have an effect on the playing environment?
When studying concussions in athletes, a collection of different terminology is used to describe the injury. One will hear phrases including brain injury, head injury, traumatic brain injury, and concussion. Brain injury refers to an injury in which an insult to the brain causes damage to the brain (“What Is Brain Injury”). A head injury is any trauma that injures the scalp, skull, or brain. The injury may be only a minor bump on the skull or a serious brain injury (Heller 1). Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a nodegenerative, noncongenital insult to the brain from an external mechanical force, possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions, with an associated diminished or altered state of consciousness (Dawodu 1). Concussion is a serious brain injury that can occur in both non-contact and contact sports (Anderson). All these terms are used interchangeably and are all closely related to each other. The lack of consistency of the terms can create confusion for the general public regarding what the different terms mean and what steps to take following an injury. This injury is classified on three different levels of severity; mild, moderate, and serve. Athletes will use the popular phrase like “getting your bell rung” as an excuse to not miss any amount of their game because most athletes do not associate the phrase with a concussion. A head injury is known as the invisible injury because one cannot visibly or physically see the consequences of the injury and what has transpired in the brain. Whereas injuries, like an ankle sprain or a knee injury begin to bruising or swelling with feeling pain immediately. Medical professionals are still developing technology to be able to evaluate a head injury or concussion more quickly, so there is no question of whether an athlete needs to sit out the remainder of a game or match. When one has athletes working hard to compete for top spots on their team or for a collegiate spot or scholarship, they are willing to forgo telling a coach or trainer, who may make them sit out for a period of time.
When it comes to concussion related injuries or accidents, children engaged in high-risk activities are among the most watched because they are still in the developing stages of life. For example, where an adult or professional athlete may have to rest 1-4 weeks upon medical clearance, a child should stay away from full contact and be monitored for 1-3 months (McLellan 993). Granted this seems vague and fundamental, the long term recovery and dealing with post-concussion symptoms is very unpredictable and important to monitor. Concussions can produce various amounts of memory loss causing regular daily routine such as how the body functions and operates to become difficult for some patients....

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