What happens when you get a concussion?
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What happens when you get a concussion?
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You asked us, "What happens when you get a concussion?"
 
Well, our brains may be the consistency of Jell-O, but luckily, encased in bone, wrapped in membranes and floating in fluid, they're also one of the best-protected organs in our body, until we get whacked on the head or violently tossed around.
 
Then those delicate brains can end up bumping and twisting around in our skulls, and one result might be a concussion, a traumatic injury that at least temporarily alters the way our brains work.
 
That's because nerve cells can get stretched, affecting their ability to send and receive messages to and from the rest of the body.
 
And those protective membranes surrounding our brains? Well, they can tear, letting toxic substances leak into brain tissue, causing cell death.
 
Like any other bruised flesh, the brain might also swell during a concussion.
 
And without a whole lot of room to expand, it can end up pressing against the skull, causing even more damage.
 
Multiple concussions add up over time, leading to problems with memory loss, depression and even dementia.
 
So today's lesson? Be careful with your Jell-O brain.
 
Mmmm ... Brains! Brains!

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/teen/what-happens-when-you-get-concussion/

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Why does bruised flesh swell?
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COMMENTS (34)
  • laurenc-bag
    10/06/2015 - 06:30 p.m.

    When you hit your head or are jerked around violently, the brain can hit your skull and cause traumatic brain injuries, AKA, concussions. Nerve cells can be affected and also affect the way out body works, but only temporarily. Also, the membranes that protect your brain can split, leaving some toxins behind that can cause brain cells to die. Then, the brain can swell. If your brain expands so much that it can hit your skull, that can cause brain damage.

  • nicholasj-bag
    10/06/2015 - 09:18 p.m.

    And those protective membranes surrounding our brains? Well, they can tear, letting toxic substances leak into brain tissue, causing cell death.

  • becca-gau
    10/07/2015 - 01:18 p.m.

    Bruised flesh swells because nerve cells stretch. Like all other bruised parts in the body, the brain swells too if injured bad enough.

  • sophie-gau
    10/07/2015 - 01:20 p.m.

    This article is very interesting and good to know because of that fact that concussions can happen at any time. :)

  • cj-gau
    10/07/2015 - 01:39 p.m.

    that was really intersesting but also kind of scary since i play football ????????????????????

  • jordyn-gau
    10/07/2015 - 01:57 p.m.

    Bruised flesh swells because it has just gotten hit, and the body's immediate reaction is to swell. It is sort-of like a reflex, but when you get hurt.

  • koreyf-ree
    10/08/2015 - 08:06 a.m.

    when something gets bruised your cells expand

  • loganc1-ree
    10/08/2015 - 08:09 a.m.

    Bruised flesh swells because if you bruise something the injury damages your cells witch can cause them to expand. If you get a concussion brain cells get damaged causing them to expand with your brain that makes it press upon your skull causing more damage to the brain

  • maksymc-ree
    10/08/2015 - 11:27 a.m.

    Bruised flesh swells when brain cells bump up against something and causes them to expand and can press up against the skull. This can be very painful! This is why you should be careful!!!

  • joseg-ree
    10/08/2015 - 11:30 a.m.

    In the passage it says that our brain is mostly like Jello. Also when you get hit on the head the skin swells and pushes against the skull causing more damage. Lastly I would think that getting a head concushion is a terrable thing to have.

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