Summary of “Diary of a concussion”

A concussion occurs when the brain hits the skull, even if the person’s head doesn’t collide with an object.
There’s a period of diminished activity from brain cells, as well as reduced blood flow in the brain, according to research on the concussion cascade.
While some scientists are pursuing blood biomarkers or eye scans as a way of diagnosing a concussion, the best way of determining whether a person has a concussion or not is still a checklist of symptoms.
They’re common with brain injuries, including concussion.
“We know that if you take someone like that who doesn’t have a concussion and tell them not to do anything, they get symptoms. They get anxious and some get depressed and they get irritable.” That’s why concussion patients are encouraged to get back into activities when they start to feel able to, and to take it gently, he says.
“Concussions hadn’t really exploded on the American sports scene. It was still getting your bell rung, at that point. There was no real knowledge about what concussion truly is.” Nor was there much knowledge about concussions’ long-term effects.
Doug Baldwin, a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, told Bill Simmons on Any Given Wednesday that some players cheat at the sideline concussion evaluation so they’ll be put back in the game.
Why would a player fake out the concussion protocol? Most players will do whatever it takes to play, Utecht said.

The orginal article.