Concussions and Anthropology

Concussions are a subject that hits very close to home for me. Three years to the date, I got a concussion from a skiing accident. One of the biggest problems I faced was how quickly people forgot that I even had an injury. Concussions are really more of an internal injury and therefore it was difficult for people to realize how long the effects of my concussion lingered. This post on titled “Concussion’s Memory Problem” written by Emily Harrison discusses concussions and the lack of attention focused around this injury in sports. Ms. Harrison describes that a reason why knowledge about the long-term effects may seem so recent is because people in sports have been covering up this issue. She brings up that it may seem like people are only now figuring out how badly these injuries can affect sports players however, she provides evidence stating: “…even in the late 19th and early 20th century, in the earliest days of college football, players, doctors, coaches, administrators, and fans all knew that concussions were unsafe” (2015). It’s as though this knowledge was just forgotten. Anthropology could play a significant role in providing awareness about concussions through placing anthropologists in households to observe how concussions affect sports players and their home life, or possibly how they affect the team as a whole. Studies focused around this subject could have the potential to greatly assist and continue to inform people better on this type of injury that seems to be rarely discussed.

Literature Cited:

My citation from a book titled A Writer’s Reference: Seventh Edition by Dana Hacker and Nancy Sommers:

Harrison, Emily A. “Concussion’s Memory Problem.” Somatosphere. Somatosphere, 30 Jan. 2015. Web. 25 Feb. 2015. <;.

The Websites Citation of this post for MLA is as follows:

Harrison, Emily A.. “Concussion’s Memory Problem.” 30 Jan.Somatosphere. Accessed 30 Jan. 2015 [25 Feb. 2015]. <;.