Title of Abstract

The Effects of Concussions

Submitting Student(s)

Alexis Snyder

Session Title

Health and Wellness 1

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Janet Wojcik, Ph.D.

College

College of Education

Department

Physical Education, Sport & Human Performance

Abstract

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head. Concussions can happen when playing sports, being in a car accident, slipping, and falling on your head ect.. Not all people take concussions seriously which is an issue. It is important for one to understand how dangerous concussions are if ignoring symptoms. If one ignores symptoms it will affect one long term. Symptoms include: headache, neck pain, depression, excessive fatigue, trouble sleeping, ringing in the ears, memory loss, dizziness, emotional, nausea and vomiting. There is no specific cure for concussions. It just takes time for one to heal. One who gets a concussion needs to be seen by a physician to help monitor symptoms. There are different types of treatment concussion patients can receive to help the healing process. Treatment can include seeing a physical therapist to help patients gain their balance, prevent dizziness, and loosen tightness in the neck. Physical Therapists can give a test to measure the amount of exercise that is safe to do which is called the Concussion Treadmill Test. This test will find the heart rate threshold of the amount of exercise allowed in the patient. Through the whole process of a concussion, the goal is to get the patient back to normal and help them return to daily activities.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 15th, 12:00 PM

The Effects of Concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head. Concussions can happen when playing sports, being in a car accident, slipping, and falling on your head ect.. Not all people take concussions seriously which is an issue. It is important for one to understand how dangerous concussions are if ignoring symptoms. If one ignores symptoms it will affect one long term. Symptoms include: headache, neck pain, depression, excessive fatigue, trouble sleeping, ringing in the ears, memory loss, dizziness, emotional, nausea and vomiting. There is no specific cure for concussions. It just takes time for one to heal. One who gets a concussion needs to be seen by a physician to help monitor symptoms. There are different types of treatment concussion patients can receive to help the healing process. Treatment can include seeing a physical therapist to help patients gain their balance, prevent dizziness, and loosen tightness in the neck. Physical Therapists can give a test to measure the amount of exercise that is safe to do which is called the Concussion Treadmill Test. This test will find the heart rate threshold of the amount of exercise allowed in the patient. Through the whole process of a concussion, the goal is to get the patient back to normal and help them return to daily activities.