Research Paper Final Video

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At Last (I hope you are all singing the song now).

It is actually quite sad that this whole blog thing is over. Now where I a supposed to get my frustration/sarcasm out at? ūüôā Kidding. Well, kind of.

Okay, so if you haven’t been following, this post will sum it up.

you underestimate my power

Well, to begin with I wasn’t happy with writing a research paper. I don’t care to research unless it is like super interesting. And TBH, not to fond of concussions, or any other “sciencey” things. Still, it was the best I had in the 20 minutes I had to find an article. Turns out, after this whole process it wasn’t that bad. It is now interesting. The whole question was and still is, “Should people sleep after having a concussion?” Well, I thought.. there isn’t going to be a complicated answer, but of course I was wrong and it is complicated in a way. It is neither yes or no. It is simply “It depends.”

Yeah, after all that research I still can’t fully answer. Each individual will have to do some of there own research to decide that. But I can at least now help differentiate between when it is most likely you should sleep or not, in a way. Ha.

Alright, so how did I come up with this concept or “answer”? Well it began with these posts, which were hard to figure out. I loved it once I was told to be creative and figured out the pictures and that I could be, well, sassy about things. Ha. It started to be really fun even though the research still sucked. Going back and naming them was fun too, and it was cool to see the progress and now all the sudden I have loads of information for this paper and I didn’t even really know til the annotated bib. I appreciate this blog so much, because it wasn’t hard and it really was entertaining and I got work done without knowing it. I guess that is because it was little assignments at a time. Which was cool.

That was the blog process, but the research process itself was interesting too. First, all the sources kind of said the same thing, well then it slowly progressed to other search words and then all of the sudden I had different kinds of articles, telling me different kinds of things about concussions, things I didn’t even think to search about or question. Now I have some substance to the argument. Now it is all forming it into what I want to say and how exactly to say it will be the trick. So, at last (hopefully the song gets stuck in your head now), we are done researching but now it is organizing and figuring out the structure and words to say to present all of the (actually exciting) information I have.

The cracked article was vague and very un-serious about the topic and so was I when I began the research, but soon vague turned into detailed and un-serious turned into interested. Had it not been for the process we took to get here, I would still be uninteresting and stressed about a boring topic.

Well thank you Mr. Gosling. 

As If I Haven’t Told You Enough About My Sources.

“Annotated Bibliography”

 

Hahah.. okay okay, here it is for real though. 

Cracked Article:

Medline Plus Article:

Mayo Clinic Article:

PDF File:

  • JAMA Patient Page: Concussion(American Medical Association)¬†–¬†PDF.
  • it is explaining and backing up the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Many of these sites are saying the same things about these areas of concussions. I am curious as to where the myth started more so now, because these sites are making it obvious that rest is key for a concussion. I mean, given the type of concussion. Obviously if there are massive serious symptoms like the pages discuss then seek medical help first but if you are just having a mild concussion at home that is treatable without medical help, then sleep.

Brain:

CDC Government Official Page:

  • http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/feel_better.html
  • Now, since every concussion is different to each individual, they give¬†TIPS¬†¬†on how to treat a concussion to certain age groups. They acknowledge the differences between concussions: age, cause, symptoms, variation of time period for healing.¬†They do determine that sleep and rest is quite the remedy for this traumatic brain injury. Sure it seems simple, but maybe that is just it. I mean it was a¬†TRAUMATIC¬†injury, maybe the opposite will help: the¬†simplicity¬†of sleeping.

 

 

EBSCO-Management strategies and medication use for treating pediatric patients with concussions:

Concussion-Assessment and -Management Techniques Used by Athletic Trainers:

The effects of rest and treatment following sport-related concussion:

Concussion care: Simple strategies, big payoffs:

Cognitive Rest: The Often Neglected Aspect of Concussion Management.

Current Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Concussion in Sport: A Comparison of Three New Guidelines.

The effects of rest and treatment following sport-related concussion: a systematic review of the literature:

 

Only Kidding ūüôā¬†

 

So maybe I have been a bit bitter about this whole thing. Let me explain.

Well, the library. Where to begin.

I think the library is awful. No, but seriously. I get way overwhelmed. Think about it, five floors swamped with books and materials I am not fond of. I read on, let’s be honest, an eighth grade level or at least that is what I like to read at. It is just not my cup of tea (well I don’t like tea either).¬†

 

Perfect example, to some this picture is spot on… to me… dead wrong. ūüôā¬†

Now, the library IS helpful in a few ways. For example, learning about the databases no matter how distracted I got, was actually helpful. I don’t know how to research and that lesson at least gave me a reliable way to find sources. I genuinely appreciate that. That is how the library has helped me in this process. I do not want to have to go and find books out of thousands there then look through the thousands of pages. So these databases help. Learning how to use these databases was challenging in a way because it was new, I just felt like should have already known this process however it was very foreign. I knew searching would be hard, simple because it is not something I like or want to do or have had much practice at. Still, learning briefly about the databases and doing these posts has helped immensely and I am no longer worried about writing this paper (no matter how much I have complained or been sarcastic in my previous posts).

However, the resources I have obtained through searching the databases and doing these posts I believe are very helpful and interesting, only because I skipped over the boring ones and got straight to the point. I feel like these sources I have will give a clearer statement on concussions and the sleeping treatment for them.

These are two articles, both from blog post 6, I am really proud of and will  probably be the majority of my argument and explanation:

  • This¬†article deals with¬†the effects of rest and¬†treatment¬†following sport-related¬†concussion. The abstract discusses how the rest period after a concussion can be beneficial but there is other treatment to consider and also rest may not always be the best in some cases. I feel like there will not be a clear answer to my question I am trying to answer. Kind of like my biology labs. The thing that is difficult is that each concussion for someone is different. No two are the same and they practically all have to be treated differently based on the cause of the concussion, the diagnosis of concussion, and various other conditions.
  • Am article I found on the EBSCO database was:¬†Cognitive Rest: The Often Neglected Aspect of¬†Concussion¬†Management. PERFECT. ¬†Literally the abstract was perfect, I am looking to know this information so this is wonderful, just hope the full text is just as good‚Ķ

Now these create the two points I want to make: each concussion needs a different evaluation and treatment and also sleep is a good remedy for quite a few types of concussion, still, there are many factors to include into the evaluation that effect the sleeping treatment.

Now I understand this may be boring, becuase trust me, at first I thought the same. After doing a slight amount of research and I mean actually researching and reading, it became interesting. I am proud of this work! ūüôā

 

Since I have good articles about my main points, these shape my paper very well. I went into research narrow minded and not wanting to search but one thing and these articles along with the others have expanded the topic and given it a better answer than a yes or no, but instead an explanation and understanding. Sorry to leave you on a serious note, but that’s all folks. ūüėČ

 

Now you knew I wasn’t serious about leaving on a serious note, right? ūüôā

 

NOW it is becoming and arguable topic with interest for me.

So by now, I am exhausted just reading about concussions all the time. To be honest, I do not have as much of an interest in them as maybe others do. I think it is interesting, but I am a Human Development and Family Science major, not biology or sports or medical.

This is how I feel.

How is this relevant to me? I am not sure, but it is interesting and I will be happy to write about it.

With that being said, I went back to my 6th post and looked at my third article I found more closely. Since, it seemed like the closest thing to what I am trying to investigate. I went on reading this journal from Athletic Therapy Today.

The article is determining the importance of all kinds of rest but especially cognitive rest for student athletes. The authors break their research up into three sections between their introduction and conclusion: What is Cognitive Rest? Communication. Considerations for Return to School and Sports. It is brilliantly written, like the normal 5 paragraph paper we were taught to write in high school. Which may be why is it easier to read.

Hahahaha.. come on, we all used it, and sometimes still do. 

I like what it had to say concerning the type of concussion involving an athlete who is also student with many academic obligations as well as sports obligations. It discussed how many times, we tend to observe that the athlete needs rest from the sport but not their schooling which causes more pressure on neurometabolic demand, which is already what your brain is going through after a concussion.

So, we can clearly conclude that not only should the student athlete with a concussion take a break from the sports, but also the schooling aspect and other things that the articles describes which show a significant amount of neurometabolic demand.

Another brilliant point they made goes like this, which is probably going to be a main point in the research paper: “The key issue is the need for individualized assessment,¬†management, and monitoring of cognitive exertion¬†tolerance over time.” Perfect. That is what I have found, each individual is different and so is each concussion even within an individual who has had a concussion before since there are so many aspects that come into play with these things.

The Cracked article just was vague about rest after concussions. It is not that the article was wrong just not specific enough to argue against. I am simply looking more deeply into the treatment of concussions. Rest is proven to not be bad for those who are concussed. However, the type and amount of rest does differ for every concussion.

Getting into this whole research thing..

Now, this whole research thing. I am not a big fan of. Quite frankly, I have never been a fan of libraries. I do not read all that much, unless it is on something along the lines of an 8th grade reading level. So going on to having to find a good five or so articles from something like library databases, is never the “funnest” experience for me. And with all of that being said, here‚Äôs three articles on concussions from the EBSCO database, because that is the first one I decided to use, and stuck with it.

Let’s discuss how I even found what site to use first.. I went to the library’s page and found the word databases, so I pulled up the page and there they were. Thousands of databases, each with thousands of things for me to sort through for this research paper on the wonderful topic of concussions.. So I went back to my elementary ways and found EBSCO, the only semi familiar sounding word I could read. Then just chose the most basic choices from each list until I got to search. So the first search went something like: Concussions.

Simple as that, and here is what I found:

It is an article comparing three different and RECENT clinical practice guidelines. Mainly focusing on the definition and diagnosis of the concussion. This article could be good because it gives me the peer reviewed journal as I have mentioned, plus the three articles they are comparing. This is good, it is up to date, and new research. Surprisingly, this was the fifth one down on the first page.

Now onto the second. I changed my search topic to something a bit more detailed like concussion treatment:

Not really how they treat them, but we can just pretend. 

Imagine that, my first article I found popped up as the first one on this search. Cool, but can’t use that one twice. Sorry, EBSCO.

However, the second article deal with the effects of rest and treatment following sport-related concussion. The abstract discusses how the rest period after a concussion can be beneficial but there is other treatment to consider and also rest may not always be the best in some cases. I feel like there will not be a clear answer to my question I am trying to answer. Kind of like my biology labs. The thing that is difficult is that each concussion for someone is different. No two are the same and they practically all have to be treated differently based on the cause of the concussion, the diagnosis of concussion, and various other conditions. 

Anyways we will move on.

And FINALLY, the fifth article I found on the EBSCO database was: Cognitive Rest: The Often Neglected Aspect of Concussion Management. PERFECT.  Literally the abstract was perfect, I am looking to know this information so this is wonderful, just hope the full text is just as good…

Some of the searches have seemed irrelevant but as I continue to look, it is all tying in as a part of my research. It is not a simple answer, it has various aspects to it and I am going to have to choose which aspects go into my paper and the opposite sides of those and etc.

It got easier as I searched and read the abstracts, it became easier to see what I needed to type in to search what I was/am really looking for. *Reminder to myself to look up the bad effects of sleeping too much, after a concussion.*

You know, sometimes after doing these blog posts, I feel like I have a concussion. 

Just kidding… kind of ūüėČ

Databases: Back to those elementary school days where you fall asleep when they try to tell you about.. well.. the library.

Here’s five articles on concussions from the EBSCO database:

The first article I found semi helpful was about the management of the concussions. The abstract may not have said much about the sleeping aspect which is what I am investigating, but instead it covered what doctors are using to treat concussions, so this could help compare what treatments work the best with which kind of concussions.

The second was about how athletic trainers assess concussions in their players, also another good way to compare different treatments and what works for each type of concussion.

The third deals with the effects of the rest and treatment following a concussion, which is (from what I can tell) exactly what I am wanting to know.

The forth is about the simple strategies for concussions in people. Giving inside on what is the simplest may help determine how to treat the concussion, like maybe the simple concept of sleep is within this article. I would like to read into this one to see, how simple it really can be.

And FINALLY, the fifth article I found on the EBSCO database was:¬†Cognitive Rest: The Often Neglected Aspect of¬†Concussion¬†Management. PERFECT. ¬†Literally the abstract was perfect, I am looking to know this information so this is wonderful, just hope the full text is just as good…

Using the database isn’t too hard, I mean I am sure I am using it in a very narrow way, not with all of the tricks and sources available, but I am getting good information I think so I am proud and okay with using this source of finding information. It is irritating how many unrelated things in my searches but then I usually find something good, so no worries, just having to learn how to search and pick our the good ones. This is a good exercise for it too!

It got easier as I searched and read the abstracts, it became easier to see what I needed to type in to search what I was/am really looking for. *Reminder to myself to look up the bad effects of sleeping too much, after a concussion.*

I also did not add pictures because I am tired and too lazy to Google more things about concussions. Maybe next time, sorry this is just boring text but there ya go. Enjoy.

And one more thing, let’s be honest.. Using the database is not fun. Research in and of itself is not my favorite thing to do. I am learning, but also feel like I am back in middle school sitting in the library wondering what is for lunch instead of listening to the librarian teach me so pretty important stuff (that I didn’t know would be important until now..)

Solving the Traumatic with Simplicity…plus a Thorough Understanding

Lets start with super cute kid that kind of relates to concussions:

Now, going back to one of the articles I mentioned in the previous post. This article is all about answering the question, “What do I do to feel better after a concussion?”

I mean, it is clear what they are trying to determine with their study: the best way to treat a concussion. It is a government page, last updated in late 2012. Now, since every concussion is different to each individual, they give TIPS  on how to treat a concussion to certain age groups. They acknowledge the differences between concussions: age, cause, symptoms, variation of time period for healing.

Their evidence is not very clear. There are no references or authors to question, but like I said it is a government website. However, that may not mean much to people especially if you don’t trust the government like I don’t. How do we know they are telling the truth, but how do we know they are not telling the truth either? I don’t know, that is more research for another topic another day.

They do determine that sleep and rest is quite the remedy for this traumatic brain injury. Sure it seems simple, but maybe that is just it. I mean it was a TRAUMATIC injury, maybe the opposite will help: the simplicity of sleeping.

Still, they cannot determine every person’s case, this is why they give us tips. It is not a step by step process like they give you for baking (I know it is a random example, but go with it, I’m hungry). It is almost an inductive reasoning process, when trying to figure out the symptoms, cause, diagnosis, and treatment to begin.

Here is an informational photo of what happens in a concussion:

This article does seem a bit similar to Blog Post Two, just because we are all agreeing that sleep is a good thing for people with a concussion. However, this article is really defending that argument a bit more. It doesn’t cover the basic knowledge of a concussion, because it assumes you already know for the most part, but instead is answering the specific question of how to “fix it.”

The Cracked article does agree with sleeping after a concussion,and it does focus more so on the humor of the whole myth, talking about drunk people and how that is where all of this confusion probably started. Whether they are serious about that or just trying to go with social humor, I am not sure.

 

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I just thought this was interesting. Not really pertaining to the post but may be helpful in my paper later on.

Who are we really believing? “Hear-say” or Fact?

With my academic article found for the myth on concussions, they did not have a reference list, but they did have related readings/videos. However I have found another site with basic information, and this one led me to more readings as well but these seemed more helpful so I looked at those instead.

But first I would like to point out a quote from my second academic article I am using. “Rest is very important after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal.”¬†

Should you sleep with a concussion?

 

 

 

  • This site lead me to a PDF file which is shown here:¬†JAMA Patient Page: Concussion(American Medical Association)¬†–¬†PDF.¬†But, it is explaining and backing up the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Many of these sites are saying the same things about these areas of concussions. I am curious as to where the myth started more so now, because these sites are making it obvious that rest is key for a concussion. I mean, given the type of concussion. Obviously if there are massive serious symptoms like the pages discuss then seek medical help first but if you are just having a mild concussion at home that is treatable without medical help, then sleep.
  • Another site coming from the second academic article was arguing the seriousness of a concussion no matter how small or how intense. Especially emphasizing on the effects any concussion can have on an individual. Blah, blah, blah, same medical stuff I have been looking at.
  • The last article I wanted ¬†to look at was from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This site answers the question, “What can I do to feel better after a concussion?” And to sum that one up… it may be a bit of a shock.. but the answer is…. REST! Whoa, imagine that..

So now the question I am asking is “where did the myth come from?” I am too tired to try and figure that out for this post, but maybe later on, we’ll dive deeper into the falsity humans have believed for years even though every government site and academic article clearly states sleep is the best remedy for a concussion (given its state of seriousness). We as humans tend to go with what we hear instead of looking it up for ourselves. Do we trust to easily? Don’t you think that is a bad idea if it involves something as crucial as our brain?! Wow humans.. wow. Now, lets be honest. I don’t look things up either, so yes, I am telling myself this too. Don’t think I am bashing humans for their stupidity, because I am also human. ūüôā¬†