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“We recommend that people who take part in combative sports, like boxing or kickboxing, and are exposed to repeated head trauma should be screened to ensure their pituitary is working properly.” Professor Fahrettin Kelestimur, researcher.
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There is no “concussion-proof” helmet.
All Concussions Are Serious
Each day, hundreds of thousands of young athletes practice and compete in a wide variety of sports.
Physical activity, sports participation, and play in general are great ways for children and teens to build
and maintain healthy bones and muscles, lower their chances for depression and chronic diseases (such
as diabetes), learn leadership and teamwork skills, and do well in school.9,10 However, research shows that
when it comes to concussion, young athletes are at risk.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or
body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause
the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes
stretching and damaging the brain cells.
Most children and teens with a concussion feel better within a couple of weeks. However, for some,
symptoms may last for months or longer and can lead to short- and long-term problems affecting
how a young person thinks, acts, learns, and feels. Parents, coaches, health care providers, and school
professionals all play an important role in supporting young athletes so that they can thrive on the
playing field, at school, and in all parts of their lives.
Severe Brain Injury
A person with a severe brain injury will need to be hospitalized and may have long-term problems affecting things such as:
- Coordination and balance
- Speech, hearing or vision
A severe brain injury can affect all aspects of people’s lives, including relationships with family and friends, as well as their ability to work or be employed, do household chores, drive, and/or do other normal daily activities.
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