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)
  • margaretl-ree
    10/08/2015 - 11:33 a.m.

    Ever wonder why bruised flesh swells when you get a concussion. Well here is why. Bruised flesh swells because it has been impacted by a force, it damages your cells. Our brain are a lot like our other body parts. When you run into a door (we have all done it) your leg or arm bruises. Its the same idea with your brain, when you injure the cells in your brain they swell because of impact. Since in your brain you don't have a lot of space inside your scull for your brain to expand it can cause much more damage. That is why bruised flesh swells.

  • noahh-ree
    10/08/2015 - 11:37 a.m.

    Bruised flesh swells because if you originally have a problem like bruised flesh or if you have a scraped mark or anything that relates to a bad mark it must be taken care of. If you have not put anything to help the mark then nothing will happen. For instance, it will soon swell. So, you must take care of anything bruised so that it can stop from getting worse and swelling.

  • xaviers1-ree
    10/08/2015 - 11:38 a.m.

    Bruised flesh swells because of all of the pressure that the comes off the bruised brain. When the brain gives off that much pressure, all of the parts in the brain start going haywire and can contain even more damage due to the lack of care. If you don't take care of the concussion, it can get even worse.

  • vinceb-ree
    10/08/2015 - 12:23 p.m.

    Bruised flesh swell because your sells stretch. that is how it swells

  • edenb-gau
    10/08/2015 - 11:18 p.m.

    tip: the best thing about our brains is that they help us everyday so i honestly wouldn't be going around and be doing dangerous things that may give you a concussion. (>^<)

  • jordynd-day
    10/17/2015 - 08:00 a.m.

    I found this article very interesting. I never knew what happened when you got a concussion. I honestly thought a lot of people were faking their injuries so they could get out of class. Also, I didn't know that you could get a concussion from being violently tossed around. I thought to get a concussion you had to hit your head on something really hard.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    10/20/2015 - 01:37 a.m.

    I think that this might be very lucky for our brain because our brain is well protected from getting easily damaged without our skull but our brain may be lucky but it can still get damaged when get punched in the face or get violently thrown. A concussion might be also bad if you get it a multiple times which you would end up having depression, dementia, and memory loss.

  • erine-bag
    10/22/2015 - 11:31 p.m.

    When you get a concussion you brain is being jerked violently around inside your skull. If you get a concussion the nerves in your brain stretch out so that it is hard for your brain to control your body. Your brain can swell up and since it is in your skull it dose to have much room to expand to it can get even more damaged as it presses against your skull.

  • erine-bag
    10/22/2015 - 11:35 p.m.

    Also this is a little scary to know that there are toxic (from the route word toxi meaning poisonous) fluids in your body! I mean if they can leak into our skull then that means there are toxic fluids around your skull! What benefit could that be! Hey and just out of curiosity if those toxic fluids somehow got down to your mouth then could you start having a venom us bite? Sounds crazy but if there ARE toxic fluids in your head then it could happen.......

  • sydneyh1-lam
    11/02/2015 - 01:40 p.m.

    I think that this article is very important to read and to learn about what can happen if you have a concussion. I think it will help you realize that if you get a head injury what can happen to your head and brain. Overall i found this article very interesting.

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