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Smart Talk: Sports-related concussions

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 30, 2015 2:12 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, October 1, 2015:

The Mayo Clinic defines a concussion as "a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary, but can include problems with headache, concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination.

Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don't realize it."

Researchers are learning more about concussions all the time -- especially the long-term effects of those who have suffered multiple concussions.  The number and severity of concussions, and probably lawsuits filed by former players have focused most of the attention on concussions in the National Football League.  But there have been many reports recently that describe the impact on young athletes -- even in sports like soccer that were considered safe.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control says reports of concussions have doubled in the last 10 years.  Awareness could be one of the reasons the numbers have increased, but what we're also learning is concussions could be life altering and cause permanent damage.

Appearing on Thursday's Smart Talk is Dr. Jarod John, a neurologist with Brain Orthopedic Spine Specialists (BOSS) in Lancaster.

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  • Dolly img 2015-10-05 15:41

    What a wonderful discussion. I had my son and daughter listen today and they tell me they learned a lot. Any chance this will be a weekly thing?