Vital Signs: Concussions

Concussions, Health Channel


Gracie Hussey’s hands shake, her headaches persist, and the fainting feeling comes at least once a day. Every day, she takes 11 pills to combat her symptoms.

Gracie is only 16 years old, and years of repeated blows to the head have landed her in this position. She isn’t a football player, or a boxer, or a hockey player. Gracie played soccer, until she was sidelined for good. After two diagnosed concussions, the first at age 7, Gracie had to step away from the game she loved.

It is a story all too common surrounding the world’s “beautiful game.” CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines the impact of concussions in the most popular youth sport. As technology advances, we’re learning more about concussions and the brain than ever before, but there’s still a long way to go. Why are girls more likely to have a concussion than boys? And why is soccer near the top of the list?

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