Development of the Pre-Pubescent Brain With Extra-Curricular Activity
Brown, Hunter H.
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The brains of all species are composed primarily of two broad classes of cells: neurons and glial cells. Glial cells come in several types, and perform a number of critical functions, including structural support, metabolic support, insulation, and guidance of development. Neurons, however, are usually considered the most important cells in the brain. We have one brain that controls our entire body. Each anatomical part of the brain has certain functions, but they all work together to form who we are as a person. Many people consider the left and right brain two separate entities that do not interact or influence each other. Eime et al. created a study that was based off of many others and included a lot of information for these studies. Goldstein discusses that some newer thinking suggests that play has immediate effects, such as aerobic conditioning and fine-tuning motor skills. Baillargeon et al.'s purpose in their study was to find if a difference in age affected the neurological functioning and development of the brain following a concussion. A sport concussion is defined as a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic biomechanical forces. Two hypotheses were proposed for this study: symptomatic students and their parents will report greater injury related academic effects than their recovered peers and greater severity of post concussion symptoms will be related to higher levels of concern and more school related problems.