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/tween78/what-happens-when-you-get-concussion/

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Why does bruised flesh swell?
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COMMENTS (128)
  • lilyr-4-bar
    10/02/2015 - 12:32 a.m.

    Bruised flesh swells because blood collecting from the bruised tissue. In the article, it says, "Like any other bruised flesh, the brain might also swell during a concussion." I found this article interesting because before reading this article, I did not know what happens exactly to your brain when you get a concussion.

  • jackw-4-bar
    10/02/2015 - 12:37 a.m.

    Bruised flesh swells because the blood clots and it expands. This interested me because I didn't know how concussions happened.

  • ericw-6-bar
    10/02/2015 - 12:51 a.m.

    I think that people can be more careful with protecting their brain because if they don't it can cause permanent damage to it in an unfortunate way.

  • gregorys-6-bar
    10/02/2015 - 01:04 a.m.

    Bruised flesh swells when blood rushes to the bruised area to aid it and that's how it gets it's red color.
    I thought the article was very interesting because it explained a topic I was not familiar with. I also learned that my brain is the most protected organ in the body.

  • sofiap-3-bar
    10/02/2015 - 06:20 p.m.

    Bruised flesh swells because when it is hit, there is no muscle protecting. Blood is collected from tissue and clots. Bruises and swelled flesh applys to the brain. When someone gets a concussion the brain swells up agains tne scull which causes even more damage. I read this artical because when I was at my friends house, there glass door was really clean, and I ran into it and gor a mild concussion

  • olivias-ver
    10/04/2015 - 11:27 a.m.

    This article's interesting to me because i never knew that the fluid is released kills brain cells.

  • charliet-orv
    10/05/2015 - 01:31 p.m.

    It swells because the skin is becoming full of blood in a blood clot.

  • maxx-ver
    10/05/2015 - 05:02 p.m.

    I was surprised when it said your brain swells

  • alexanderc-6-bar
    10/05/2015 - 07:04 p.m.

    The reason bruised flesh swells is because there's no muscle to protect the flesh, so it gets blood clots and bruises. But no one talks about Jell-O around Me! I AM THE MASTER OF JELLO!!!!...Eating. :D

  • taylore-1-bar
    10/05/2015 - 07:16 p.m.

    Bruised flesh swells because blood collects from the tissue. I found this article interesting because I never really knew what a concussion was, I just knew it had something to do with your head. This article surprised me because it said with multiple concussions over time, it can lead to brain damage or memory loss.

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