Concussions are often compared to snowflakes due to the uniqueness in each and every case. However, concussions are not beautiful such as snowflakes. They are in fact serious life-changing events people endure. Injuries to the brain are by far one of the most impenetrable injuries one can encounter. Brain injury causes neurological dysregulation; this means the brain cannot function properly. However, when one concussed it is not comparable to having a broken arm. This is because brain injuries affect your whole body as opposed to being in one central location. Concussions cause physical, emotional, and thinking disruptions.
Concussions have been nicknamed The Silent Epidemic they are not an injury that is visible to the naked eye. Although ones life may have been completely altered on the interior, on the exterior it will appear as though nothing has changed. Human brains are incredibly complex and have around 200 billion nerve cells and a trillion supporting cells. Veins, arteries, nerve fibers, connective network, capillaries, hormones, and neurotransmitters make up the brain. It is no wonder that a single injury can alter ones life.
Surprisingly the location of the injury is much more crucial in the recover process than one would expect. The right hemisphere of the brain controls the right side of the body meanwhile the left side of the brain holds control over the right side of the body. This factor was significant in my own personal treatment. My injury was a result of a hard impact to the left side of my head however the left side of my body remained fine while on the right side of my body I lost dexterity of my right hand in its entirety. This is not only applicable in terms of physical mobility it also has an effect on emotional and many other types of functioning. The right hemisphere controls creativity, processing facial expressions, and nonverbal communication. The left hemisphere is responsible for logical thinking, mathematics, verbal, and written expression. We can’t leave out the frontal lobe near the forehead, this controls emotions, behaviors, social skills, judgment, and memory. There are many others such as the parietal lobe, angular gyrus, and occipital lobe each with their own sets of skills.
Concussions are typically due to a forceful impact to an area of the skull. The brain itself sits in a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid and in fact has very little internal structural support. Due to the lack of support an impact to the skull causes the brain to hit the skull resulting in what can be compared to a bruise on the brain. Furthermore, you may get hit in one area but depending on the intensity of the impact the brain could in fact get knocked around and ‘bruised’ in multiple locations making it harder to treat.
Although silent, concussions destroy a life in a moments’ time. Concussions have been becoming more common than ever, but it is not in fact the injury itself is more common but moreover that coaches now recognize the symptoms. With more awareness spreading this silent epidemic is becoming less and less quiet. Concussions have the possibility to cause issues past when the brain is healed but more often then not brain injuries heal in less than a year and life may resume as normal. Some even heal within a matter of days. Although at the moment it might feel these issues will last forever there is always hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. The more awareness brought to the severity of the effects a concussed patient endured, the better treatment one can receive. It’s all about spreading awareness and making that light at the end of the tunnel brighter and brighter each day.