Head and Spinal Cord Injury Term Paper by Nicky

A presentation on the prevention and treatment of head and spinal cord injuries.
# 151501 | 888 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Medical and Health (First Aid and Safety) , Sport (General)

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The writer introduces the topic by discussing the importance of aggressive monitoring and treatment of head injuries and how coaches, school staff and parents must not dismiss the signs of concussion or other serious head trauma. Next, the writer addresses the prevention of injury, the signs and symptoms of serious problems and the first aid that should be administered. Finally, the paper suggests role-plays for students to practise.

Introduction: Serious Head, Spinal, and Neurological Injuries
First Aid
Suggested Activities

From the Paper:

"Signs and symptoms of serious problems include: Loss of consciousness or memory, a headache that worsens or won't go away, confusion, mood swings, drowsiness, numbness, weakness, slurred speech, vision changes and changes in the pupils' size, shape, and reaction to light, dizziness, vertigo, difficulty standing or walking, nausea and vomiting (Safety, 2009, Brain and spinal cord.org).. After any forceful blow to the head, the coach or referee should ensure that the game is stopped, and the player should be told to not to nod or shake his head during the assessment, but to say yes or no. If conscious, the player should be asked if he or she is aware of the day and time, his or her location, what quarter or part of the game he or she is playing, and other questions to assess his or her bearings. If a serious injury is suspected, the student should be taken to a doctor immediately. Depending on his or her mobility an ambulance may need to be called.
"Any athlete with even a minor head injury should be closely supervised for any of the tell-tale symptoms. If an athlete loses consciousness, the injury "must be treated as a suspected head, neck, or back injury" (Goodlett & Lemak 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Goodlett, Michael D. & Lawrence J. Lemak. (2009, March 11). What youth football coachesshould know about concussions. USA Football. Revised October 19, 2009Retrieved November 6, 2009 at http://www.usafootball.com/articles/displayArticle/6669/7328
  • Hitti, Miranda. (2009, March 18). Natasha Richardson dies after brain injury. Web MD. Retrieved November 6, 2009 at http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20090318/natasha-richardsons-fatal-brain-injury-faq
  • O'Brien, James. (2009, July 30). Heading off serious injury. The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 6, 2009 at http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2009/07/30/school_sports_programs_west_of_boston_pay_closer_attention_to_concussions/
  • Safety recommendations for concussion Prevention: A hot topic. (2009, August 13). Brain and spinal cord.org. Retrieved November 6, 2009 at http://www.brainandspinalcord.org/blog/2009/08/13/safety-recommendations-for-concussion-prevention-a-hot-topic/
  • Serious head injury. (2009).Revolution Health. Retrieved November 6, 2009 athttp://www.revolutionhealth.com/conditions/first-aid-safety/first-aid-location/head/signs-head-injury

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