How Long is Too Long? A Concussion Overview
Tonia Gruppen MS, AT, ATC, Athletic Training
The many signs and symptoms that are associated with concussions can be both qualitative and quantitative. Scientists today are still in the works of gripping the many causes, variations of treatment protocols and redesigning of sports equipment to make our athletes safer and more aware of concussions and their severity. The literature is constantly changing and evolving in a direction towards safety, protection and knowledge of the processes of the brain activity once a concussion occurs. Some studies focus on medical theories or neurocognitive testing while others may focus on consensus statements and what linking professions have found out. The research question of this project focuses on whether or not this athlete’s concussion signs and symptoms should be put to question for the longevity of the injury. It also focuses on if something more underlying is taking place in this particular case that could make some concluding statements about concussions in general. A case study took place where the athlete’s mechanism of injury, diagnostic processes, and treatment protocols were examined as well as extracurricular and recreational activities to come up with learned results. This research examines the case information as well as the physiological links to altitude and concussions and the supporting literature.
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