Concussions

A concussion is a brain injury caused from a heavy blow to the head.It seems that although the technology for headgear in sports is getting better year after year, concussions are still occurring often in sports. When it comes to non sports related injuries, there is not really much that can be done to prevent concussions.

Concussions might seem like a little thing considering that you'd only be out of physical activities for just a few weeks. But, all these concussions can lead to very serious long term diseases. Diseases such as ALS, Parkinson's Disease, and Alzhiemer's disease, that at this point in time are three of the most deadliest diseases in the world, all can stem from concussions.

3.8 million concussions were reported in 2012, and this is double the amount of concussions in 2002. 1 in 5 high school athletes will sustain a sports concussion during the season. 33% of these concussions happen during practice.

Hockey

In the NHL (National Hockey League), in the 82 game regular season, there was a total of 559 concussions recorded from all across the league. Out of these concussions, it was found that 71% of the cases had headaches. 34% of the cases had dizziness. 24% of the cases had nausea. 23% had neck pain, 22% had blurred vision, 20% had amnesia, and loss of consciousness in 18%.

This player did the right thing, lifting his head up so his face hit the boards. If the top of his head hit the boards, the concussion could be much more severe.

Football

Football, next to hockey, is looked at as the most physical sport in all of the world. It has the most concussions out of all sports. 47% of all sport related concussions occur during high school football.

To make football safer, researches are trying to propose a new way to avoid head on head collusions. The professor and chair of the kinesiology (the scientific study of movement in the body) department at the University of New Hampshire, Erik Swartz, believes that if football training was done without helmets then there would be less concussions occurring. In Swartz's research, he had players practicing tackling and blocking drills without helmets, for two weeks in the preseason and one week in the regular season. The results came out better than the research that was done with the same amount of players performing noncontact football skills with helmets. The group that trained without helmets received 28% fewer head impacts.

Football players practicing during the preseason.

Scratch Game

In this game, the goal is to show some statistics about concussions and also ways to prevent them. This is shown by using a scenario in a soccer game.

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/146565592

Bloxels Game

In this bloxels game, the purpose is to show the effects concussions have and also some more statistics about concussions. To complete this game, you will have to collect helmets (coins), and also defeat the enemy, in a three room journey.

http://play.bloxelsbuilder.com/?coordinate=5903|5953

Websites Used

http://www2.tsn.ca/story/?id=362741

http://www.headcasecompany.com/concussion_info/stats_on_concussions_sports

http://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/traumatic-brain-injury-concussion-overview#1

http://www.livescience.com/54239-how-to-make-football-safer.html

Bloxels Game

Scratch Game

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