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Kapil is an emergency medicine and public health physician. “ Studies have consistently demonstrated that, with the exception of cheerleading, concussions are more likely to occur during competition than during practice. ” —William Paul Meehan III, Kids, Sports, and Concussions. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. Meehan is director of the Sports Concussion Clinic in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. 30 What Are Concussions? “ It is a common misconception that concussion is a problem seen only in males.
48 Vochaska says he finally realized the seriousness of his condition after a terrible wreck that occurred in 2010. “I remember getting out of the car and the safety crew was talking to me, but I couldn’t hear them,” he says. ” Since that time his health has continued to deteriorate and he feels a growing sense of despair over what has happened to him. ”49 Second-Impact Syndrome When athletes sustain a concussion, it is essential that they not return to play before their brain is fully healed.
Repeated concussions and sub-concussions both have the capacity to cause permanent brain damage. ” —Bennet Omalu, “Head and Other Injuries in Youth, High School, College and Professional Football,” oral statement at the US Congress judiciary forum, February 1, 2010. org. Omalu is a neuropathologist and codirector of the Brain Injury Research Institute at West Virginia University. Bracketed quotes indicate conflicting positions. * Editor’s Note: While the definition of a primary source can be narrowly or broadly defined, for the purposes of Compact Research, a primary source consists of: 1) results of original research presented by an organization or researcher; 2) eyewitness accounts of events, personal experience, or work experience; 3) first-person editorials offering pundits’ opinions; 4) government officials presenting political plans and/or policies; 5) representatives of organizations presenting testimony or policy.