Posts in May 2016

  1. The Uncertainty About Helmets

    [ By on May 18, 2016 ]

    What do helmets really do? In every sport that they are used, teams strive to have have the best helmets. Many people believe that helmets play a role in reducing the amount of concussions in a sport; however, all helmets do is protect the skull. Concussions occur when the brain shifts inside the skull and hits the sides of the skull. That is why helmets are not very helpful in preventing concussions. Why do teams focus more on helmets rather than on strengthening neck muscles? Teams focus more on getting good helmets rather than on having strong necks for two main reasons. The first reason is that it is much easier to convince parents that the four hundred dollar helmet that their cild ...

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  2. Is it Football or is it people

    [ By on May 11, 2016 ]

    Football has been the center of attention recently when it comes to concussions, but is it exclusively football that causes these traumatic brain injuries? The answer is no. Based on statistics made available by the Head Case Company, it is shown that while football is responsible for the most head injuries, other sports like boys ice hockey and boys lacrosse also cause many head traumas. This is not surprising given that these three sports are what is known as "contact sports"; however, what is surprising is the findings of the article "Girls suffer sports concussions at a higher rate than boys. Why is that overlooked?". This article explains that for a variety of reasons, female ice hockey players suffer concussions ...

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