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Number of brain lesions increased in young athletes

Number of brain lesions increased in young athletes

The number of traumatic brain injuries has increased 60 percent among young athletes in the last decade, according to a survey by the National Center for Injury Prevention ( ) in the United States. This institution was created to analyze the injuries that most athletes commit and find a way to prevent them. The study looked at the medical report of several hospitals in the United States since the beginning of 2001. They noted that the number of injuries called brain injuries traumatic injuries, caused by unprotected skull impact, was 248,500 injuries, 60% more than in the previous decade. According to the study, the most affected athletes are cyclists, footballers and basketball players. According to the researchers, this is a problem since many people suffer some kind of head impact during sports, but do not seek a doctor until they experience more serious symptoms such as confusion, memory problems, headache, blurred vision, and nausea, which may manifest up to three days after the injury. To prevent the problem from becoming more severe, experts advise that relatives and friends stay alert to symptoms after a blow to the head and do not delay the onset of the disease. take the patient to the doctor.

Injury Accessories

Another common mistake for athletes who suffer a concussion is to wear accessories such as anklets and knee pads without first seeking a doctor. According to the physiologist Paulo Correia, Unifesp, the accessory takes away the sensitivity of the injured site, which creates the false sensation to the body that the problem no longer exists. When the use of the accessory is suspended, any movement can cause the return or even aggravation of the injury.

The specialist further states that it is the orthopedist who will tell the patient the right time to use the accessory and the situations in which its use is dispensable. "Wristbands, for example, should never be used during typing or athletic activity because they hold the circulation, whereas wrist immobilizers should only be used in extremely acute cases and never during typing, as this would cause the injury to worsen "he explains.

A key factor in the indiscriminate use of protective accessories is the easy access to them. These products are usually sold in stores that specialize in sporting goods or even department stores. In general, the packaging of these products warns, even in fine print, of some care when using the accessories. The problem is that it is not always the case that the user uses the product at his own risk and follows the "bull" guidelines.

Among the manufacturers' main recommendations are: do not over-tighten the injured region to avoid compromising blood circulation; do not use the accessory during the moments of rest, or while the skin is injured or injured and also for post-surgical use, which should be performed only under medical supervision. Another point to note is the possibility of allergy or skin irritation due to the properties of the material.


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