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Can a Punch to the Head Erase your Memory?

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There are many sports on television, especially boxing, where we see people getting pummeled in the skull. While it looks unpleasant, the reason many of us shudder is because the brain is an important organ. Many people worry that even one punch to the head, let alone many, can impact the brain’s functioning. They worry that at just the right angle, it could cause brain damage.

Today we explore the question- can a punch to the head erase your memory? We’re asking for a friend of course. But first, punch that like and subscribe button as hard as you like, just don’t damage your keyboard. Also, you can graze the bell notification button while you’re at it. Now, we’re looking at the anatomy of a punch. Think about what happens to you when you feel the hit. You might see a light, black, or just hear a sound. Also, when you get up, you might see blurry for a minute or two.

Hopefully you have never experienced any of these unpleasant side effects first hand. Your brain is actually going through a bit of inertia. It will bounce in the direction that you have been hit, and then bounce against the skull. Then it will go in the other direction. Scientific American likens the trauma to the same thing that happens to a person when they get in a car wreck.

The only difference is, people in car wrecks often seek medical attention afterwards. Those who have been punched often feel a sense that they got their comeuppance. They don’t want to go and tell their tale to the doctor. So how would you feel after the punch the next few days? You might get a headache and feel a little dull. But it subsides. However, if you suffer a concussion, you might not get the symptoms right away. Your whole personality might begin to change over the next couple of months. This can lead to you having a shorter fuse. You might also do more things spur of the moment. And when you do make decisions, they might be uncharacteristically poor.

But this is more likely to be the case if you keep getting in fights. One fight might just be something you need to recover from. You might feel it was unpleasant but not seek revenge. If you were being bullied, you might decide to make an action plan with authorities or press charges against the perpetrator. And these actions would be the correct course of recourse. Unlike the message that fight nights give us, you need to protect your brain from any repeated trauma.

If you continue to not seek treatment which is done through letting your brain go through a healing process, you might progress to getting fits of delirium and memory loss. If you still persisted in getting knocked to the head, you might even slip into dementia.

Most sports players are not willing to give their brains a rest period. They decide that it is more important to be on top of their games for as long as their careers will allow. But taking a year off of knocks to the head is really the only way to ensure that the brain has a chance to correct itself. It all comes down to examining what the head injury is actually like. There are two main types of injuries- those that don’t break the skull and those that do. The former is called a closed head injury and the latter is dubbed an open or penetrating head injury by the doctors.

You can’t really just look at a person and assess whether the individual is fine or not. The person could be suffering internally from a hematoma, hemorrhage, concussion, edema, skull fracture, or diffuse axonal injury. If that sounds like a mouthful, that’s because it is. Your brain has the most blood vessels in the body. So bleeding can be a common side effect, and it can be internal, as the above suggests.

The heat of the moment after a punch though causes even laymen to make tough decisions about whether to seek immediate medical care. So basically look for the more serious side effects that could indicate one of the more severe head traumas. The list of worrisome side effects to look for are fainting, seizures, throwing up, very troublesome disorientation, headaches that get worse, forgetfulness, lack of coordination, and leaking opaque fluid from the ears or nose.

It is likely that these more serious conditions elicit attention to the brain. Some people prefer to wait to go to the doctor. That is of course their prerogative, but make sure to get some attention from the medical community right away if you faint or are very confused afterwards.

Most of the time, one trauma is not going to lead to permanent memory loss. A punch that one can remember and get up from upsetting but is something a person can recover from. However, if the person is very confused afterwards, cannot control their body movements, and is displaying worrisome signs, then they need to go to emergency. The key to preventing memory loss is recovery time. Most of the time, it is through repeated trauma that a person can get to the point of no return.

This is definitely why your brain is an organ that needs to be protected. People use helmets and other protective gear when engaged in certain sports, like biking and football. However, a helmet is just like the skull, it is a protective encasing, but the brain can still be bleeding underneath after punches to the head.

That’s all the time we have today, but how do you feel about this topic. Do you think that people who get punched need to seek medical help more often? Do you feel there is a pervasive attitude in society about being tough that prevents many people from getting the help they need and deserve after a serious trauma?

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