Concussion-related news has been garnering substantial media attention as sports power houses such as the NFL and the NCAA are paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits over player concussions, as recent examples show. It is evident that concussions are in fact serious injuries with long-term effects and should not be taken lightly.
A concussion is usually defined as a brain injury that alters the manner in which a person's brain performs its functions. Concussions are caused by a severe head trauma, which results in the brain colliding with the skull. The typical symptoms of a concussion are difficulty in concentrating, confusion or amnesia, dizziness, nausea, and severe headaches. Additionally, it is also possible that a person who has suffered a concussion undergoes psychological and personality changes or a descent into depression.