How to avoid a concussion from a football game
Posted July 08, 2018 05:03:20 There’s no denying that football is an intense sport and there’s a lot of adrenaline, but can you handle the excitement and the pressure of playing a game against your fellow humans?
It’s a risk you should take, but don’t take it lightly, according to research from the Australian Sports Medicine Group (ASMG).
The group’s research team found that the players they surveyed experienced symptoms such as anxiety, depression, memory loss and fatigue after playing football, with a possible increase in anxiety and panic attacks after a game.
Dr. Peter Williams, an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Melbourne, says it’s important for players to know that football can cause serious brain injuries.
“In terms of concussions, it’s not just football that can lead to these problems, it can be sports such as basketball, football, rugby league,” he said.
“There’s been a lot more research in recent years, but it’s still a relatively new area and it’s difficult to know the risk to the player and their brain.”
A study published in The Lancet in 2016 found a higher risk of concussion was seen in women who played sports, while in women, the risk was highest for women who had a history of head trauma.
A study from 2016 also found that concussion was more likely to occur among those who had played a sport prior to becoming pregnant.
There are currently no effective vaccines available for concussion and there are concerns that vaccines will not be effective against it.
Dr Williams says that for those who have played football, the benefits of the sport outweigh any risks.
“We need to understand the long-term effects of playing football and understand the impact of sport on our brain,” he told news.com.au.
“The benefits of playing are so great that we should be very cautious when we are playing football.
It’s not something we can stop or we should just sit back and not be involved.
We should take full responsibility for our actions and be aware of the risks we are taking.”
If you or someone you know needs help: www.aclm.org.au/health-care-referral/brain-injury/football-injuries-and-cognitive-deficits-a-warning-from-australia-study/