Sample Annotated Bibliography on Concussions in Professional Sports

Concussions in Professional Sports

In the recent past, people used to engage in sporting events as part of relaxation, exercise, or recreational activities. However, with time people have moved from amateur sporting to professional sporting. Sports have become one of the global events that bring many nations together to showcase talent and to appreciate culture. Professional sports have become a career line for many people and it pays for the sporting talent. Like any other phenomenon that has pros and cons, professional sporting also comes with some risks. The players are exposed to bodily harm in cases where aggressive contact occurs between players during a match. Concussions in professional sporting have become one of the major injuries that challenge sportsmen. A concussion is a head injury caused by a direct blow on the head causing malfunctioning of the brain. An indirect blow directed to the other sensitive parts of the body can also result in a slow malfunctioning of the brain too. The most common symptoms of a concussion are headaches or memory loss.

According to CDC, statistics show that 3,800,000 concussions were reported in America in the year 2012. This number has been escalating through the years. Most athletes suffer concussions during their practicing sessions for a big sporting event. CDC statistics also show that an estimation of 5.3 million Americans lives with the effects and trauma resulting from concussions and they have a brain-related disability to manage. In conclusion, many families have been affected by this psychological trauma after their loved ones go through a concussion. In other cases, some professional players even die after suffering a concussion. Thus, due to the frequency of occurrence of concussions, many are hoping that better welfare strategies can be initiated to support concussion patients.


Bickerstaff, L. (2010). Frequently asked questions about concussions. New York: Rosen Pub.

The author discusses the common questions frequently asked by people who have little knowledge about concussions. The book highlights the definition of concussions, the causes of concussions, available safety clothing that players can use to protect themselves and ways of treatment and coping with the disorders caused by concussions.

Cantu, R. C., & Hyman, M. (2012). Concussions and our kids: America’s leading expert on how to protect young athletes and keep sports safe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

This book discusses the definition and effects of concussions from an expert’s point of view. It provides a guide for first aid for any victim who suffers a concussion before being taken to hospital. The authors also highlight other issues surrounding concussions in children and youth and how to handle them.

Culverhouse, G. (2012). Throwaway players: the concussion crisis: from pee wee football to the NFL. Lake Forest, Calif: Behler Publications.

The author highlights issues about the poor protective clothing and equipment provided to the players to protect themselves when playing the American football and other sports. She explains how players value the money rather than their wellbeing and how professional sports associations give little information about the risks and dangers of the games to the players. The author also gives an account of her personal contributions towards the safety of professional players through advocacy interventions, media campaigns, and initiating policy changes to include concussions treatment professionals in the sporting centers during matches. This book also highlights issues surrounding high school and colleges’ games equipment.

Kamberg, M.-L. (2011). Sports concussions. New York: Rosen Pub.

The author outlines credible evidence about the health effects of concussions in this book. He gives the list of the brain trauma related disabilities. The author also encourages the athletes to protect themselves from suffering concussions and their effects thereafter.

Meehan, W. P., & Micheli, L. J. (2011). Concussion in sports. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders

The authors discuss the neuropsychological tests of concussions and give an overview of the historical head injury tests as well as the modern tests for head injuries. The book also gives a brief historical background of professional sports in relation to concussions.

Nowinski, C., & Ventura, J. (2007). Head games: Football’s concussion crisis from the NFL to       youth leagues. East Bridgewater, MA: Drummond Pub. Group.

This book discusses the cognitive disorders that most NFL player suffers. It highlights the fact that concussions have become a crisis among sports players of all ages including the children, the youth, and the adults. The book also discusses the effects of multiple concussions, the symptoms of concussions, the magnitude of affected lives and deaths caused from the crisis annually. The book clearly shows how life changes after he or she suffers a concussion and has to leave with the trauma and depression in some cases.

Primeau, K., & Goulet, K. (2012). Concussed!: Sports-related head injuries : prevention, coping      and real stories. Vernon, B.C.: OverTime Books.

This book gives true story narrations of athletes who are living with disabilities after they suffered concussions in their professional sporting careers. They share their experiences and their families’ daily experience with the victims of concussions. The book narrates the psychological effects, emotional effects and physical effects the victims go through in their daily lives.

Roush, K. J. (2012). Sports concussion and neck trauma: Preventing injury for future                        generations. Bloomington, IN: Author House.

The author provides knowledge gotten from the latest extensive research on the long-term effects of repetitive concussions. In addition, the book also highlights the issues surrounding neck trauma and the outline the special equipment in the market that can help patients suffering from concussions and neck trauma.

Slobounov, S. (2008). Injuries in athletics: Causes and consequences. New York: Springer.

This is a book based on data collected from a baseline survey supported by NFL. The data details the neuropsychological testing procedures and concussions statistics in recent years. This book also depicts the National Hockey League as being a key stakeholder in discourses about concussions because many professional hockey players have also fallen victims of the concussions trauma. These sports associations are also searching for strategies of managing concussion-related issues.

Solomon, G. S., Johnston, K. M., & Lovell, M. R. (2006). The heads-up on sport concussion.     Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics.

This book focuses on passing information about concussions, as a poorly understood medical condition by many people. The authors expound on the causes of concussions, the symptoms and the effects of concussions.