Hello everyone! Welcome to the second week of my senior project journey. What happens inside our brain while undergoing a major hit simultaneously? It is important to focus on the movements of our brain and our skull during a major hit. This key information will also give us more hints on the healing process that takes place during and after a concussion.
It is commonly known that when a major hit is delivered to the head, the skull moves while the brain moves sublty. The skull moves fast while the brain stays where it is at for the most part because of inertia. There are two types of ways the brain and the skull can move. One way is linear acceleration which results in a more focal injury. The other is rotational acceleration which results in diffuse injury. Both of these movements have to happen in order to create a concussion.
Our brain moves like jello. When we picture jello in our minds, it is something that moves back and forth at every instant. This motion is similar to the brain’s motion when impacted. The brain will move sublty until it returns to rest. When our brain and skull move this causes the neurons inside to stretch and break. Injuries to neurons causes chemicals to leak inside of them. This will destabilize the neurons and make it harder for them to execute the jobs. The mitochondria also gets damaged when chemicals start to leak. This will lead to decreased energy. This will also lead to headaches and nausea. Overall, this week was informative. I learned the basics and the foundations for more adnavced research. Next week my focus will be on the healing process.