Concussions are a very crucial condition that needs to be handled carefully. Such a condition can cause head trauma which may lead to excessive disease and disorders. However, there has never been a strong image on the effects of concussions to the brain as it is hard to obtain brain images during a concussion.
However, a recent study conducted in Stanford University, led by Fidel Hernandez, a former graduate from David Camarillo’s lab (assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University), showed a structure for the brain that reflects concussions.
Concussions are due to the hard effects on the corpus callosum, which is a bundle of nerves found in the brain that connects both sides together. However, this hypothesis has never been proved due to the lack of technology that can do so.
The study focused on comparing brain scans of normal people and people suffering from concussions. Furthermore, sensors were placed to detect athletes brain movements during action. The results are published in the journal of Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.
Fidel was excited with their track stating, “Concussion is a big, vague term and we need to start breaking it down. One way we can do that is to study individual structures that would be likely to cause traditional concussion symptoms if they were injured.”
The issue is important to tackle due to the high numbers of people suffering from concussions due to contact sports or accidents. It is crucial to understand what causes the disorder, what to expect from it and how to treat it.