Concussion Treatment – Behind the News

Concussion Treatment – Behind the News


EMMA: It was a moment that had a lot
of Aussie cricket fans worried. During the second Ashes Test
between Australia and England, Steve Smith fell to the ground
after being struck in the neck. COMMENTATOR: He can’t
possibly stay on after that. It’s very overwhelming watching
someone get hit in the face in that position.
It was kind of scary, in a way. It just happened, like, so fast, and then he was just on the ground. I felt a bit worried for him because it looked like the ball
was going really fast, and it probably would’ve hurt a lot. After leaving the field, Smith had to pass a series of tests before he was allowed
to bat again. But the next day he felt worse and he was pulled out of the match
because of concussion. Concussion is an injury
that involves the brain. That super-important organ floats around a nice protective fluid
inside our skull. But if our head
were to take a big hit, say, from falling to the ground
or a cricket ball, well, that could cause
the brain to bump around and bruise. Now, not every head-butt
gives you a concussion. But it is something
you should take seriously. That’s why experts are trained
to look for concussion clues. So, Andrew, you are a sports doctor and you see a lot of concussions. So, how can you tell
if someone actually has one? The first thing you might
think about is headache. You can also get dizzy, nauseous. Sometimes you have blurry vision. Often you just don’t feel right. You might just feel
like your head’s in a bit of a fog. But there’s more to it than that. While most people with concussion
get those symptoms as soon as they’re hurt, sometimes they can take a while
to become obvious, which might be what happened
with Steve Smith. I’d have to say, though,
he didn’t play that well when he came back.
Everyone was saying that, so he may have
actually had some signs even though he might have passed
the test. Concussion is an injury we hear
a lot about in sport – from AFL and Rugby League
to basketball and cricket. In the last few years,
there’s been a big change in the way players
with concussions are treated. In the AFL,
new rules have been introduced so players have to come off
and pass some tests before they’re allowed back on. They’ll check if the player knows
where they are, what their team is called, and if they can remember
things they’re told. If they don’t pass, well,
they spend the rest of the game on the sidelines and can sit out
the next week as well. COMMENTATOR: With that concussion
that he… The same goes for junior sport. And if a kid gets a concussion, well,
they could miss out on school too. Concussions are taken really
seriously when they happen to kids, because brain injuries
when you’re young can cause big problems later in life. Even when they’re given
the all-clear, young sports people shouldn’t
do anything for a couple of weeks that could risk
another knock to the head. Experts have praised Steve Smith
and the team doctors for taking extra time out
after his concussion, even though it meant missing
the third Test. They say that was the right call and it sends a good message to kids that while playing sport is great, there’s nothing more important than keeping that big squishy thing
in your skull nice and healthy.

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