Concussions By Henry Sopko

Part 1- What I Knew & Didn't Know

I knew

  • Concussions can cause a lot of troubles in the future
  • Leagues are making changes to make the games more safe
  • A lot of pain can occur
  • Parents are not letting their children play sports because of concussions
  • Concussions are technically bruised brains

I Didn't Know

  • How often a concussion occurs
  • What the feeling is like during a concussion
  • What is the main rule change that is happening
  • A typical recovery time
  • Different types of concussions
  • The overall consequences

Part 2- Why is this important?


  • What are possible treatments?
  • What does it feel like when a concussion occurs?
  • What are professional leagues doing to help prevent concussions?
  • How often do concussions occur?
  • If this keeps up, then what are the consequences?

Personal Connections

  • I play football
  • I have expirenced a concussion before
  • I have seen concussions that seem to be very dangerous

Part 3- The Search


  • Helpful- Data websites
  • Helpful- Scientific websites (studies)
  • Helpful- Videos
  • Non-Helpful- Blogs
  • Non-Helpful- Websites that explained concussions

Essential questions & Overall view change

  • How serious concussions are
  • Figured out most questions but not all
  • Scary

Worked Well & Not Well

  • Easy to stay on top of my work
  • Kept me learning new things
  • Giving me task I needed to complete
  • Finding good articles
  • Finding reliable sources

Part 4- What I Learned

  • Concussions occur when they brain bounces back and forth
  • Concussions can make sports run out of business
  • People are not taking them as seriously as they should
  • Things need to change before it is too late

What are possible treatments?

  • No specific medications
  • Rest
  • Restricting activities (video games, TV, sports)
  • Reduce socializing
  • Pain medications to help

What does it feel like when a concussion occurs?

  • Dizziness
  • Black out
  • Pain
  • Confusion

What are professional leagues doing to help prevent concussions?

  • Protocol
  • Heads up
  • Rest times
  • Minimum injury reserve
  • Rule changes

How often does a concussion occur?

  • 87% of boxers will have a concussion
  • A traumatic brain injury occurs every 15 seconds
  • 1.5 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injuries
  • Average of 1 concussion for every 5.5 games in football

If this keeps up, then what are the consequences?

  • Sports could go extinct
  • Too dangerous
  • Parents too scared
  • Sports changing completely (NFL rules)

Wrap up and Reflect

  • When will there be treatments?
  • The future for sports
  • I would stay on top of my work
  • Try harder to find better articles

Works Cited

Barnett, Clint. Personal story of suffering major concussion. Personal Interview. 16 March. 2017.

Lench, Brooke De. "Seven Ways To Reduce Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury In Sports." MomsTeam. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

Reynolds, Gretchen. "What Happens in the Brain After a Concussion." The New York Times. The New York Times, 18 Dec. 2013. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

"Sportsconcussion – Concussion Prevention." Sportsconcussion. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

"What Happens in the Rain during and after a Concussion?" BrainFacts. N.p., 11 June 2015. Web.

"What Is a Concussion?" What Is a Concussion? | Brain Injury Research Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

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