For this project I worked with Delilah on creating a poster to show avalanche studies and how the snow pack influences if, where, and when an avalanche will form. This snow science project was relevant to my life because there are a lot of avalanche warnings in Colorado. Even though I don't ski or snowboard it is still good to know the warning signs so you can tell people who do ski or snowboard where to avoid. When we watched the documentary Watershed I saw how the snowfall affects how much water flows in the Colorado River. The dams hold up the excess water and the places that get their water from the river isn't getting the normal amount of water. I've learned that the more snowfall we get during the winter allows us to have better springs and summers by giving us more water to irrigate fields and go swimming. One skill I've learned is to use more research when doing projects. I enjoyed learning about the use of water in the Southwest. I did not enjoy making the avalanche trigger point board because we only had a couple of days to make it and the one me and Dylan made wasn't very good. Overall, I really enjoyed this project compared to the several others we have done.
This project was about wearing helmets and what the impact on a person would be if they didn’t. We also chose a sport that involves helmets and researched why they need helmets for that sport and how these helmets prevent brain damage. The sport I chose was football. Concussions occur when the head gets hit or body gets hit causing the head to rapidly move back and forth. The brain moves against the skull causing it to get damaged and not work normally. There’s never really any visible signs of brain damage but sometimes the person can’t remember where they are or what happened before the injury.
According to www.wbaltv.com/health/concussionsensing-helmets-help-hs-football-allstars/30160264 putting concussion sensors on the back of football, laccrosse,and hockey helmets will make the coaches aware of a brain injury. These sensors are placed on the back of the helmets and when the player takes a hard hit to the head a red light goes off to alert the coaches and take the player out of the game. There is no on or off button. This way the players can’t turn them off so they can stay in the game.
Most NFL players that have a history of multiple concussions also have CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). This disease has the symptoms of dementia and is cause by repetitive brain trauma. NFL players Terry Long, Dave Duerson, Ray Easterling, Junior Seau, and Andre Waters committed suicide, all had multiple concussions involving football and all of them had CTE.
Weather or not you play football, wearing helmets when playing other sports, skiing, snowboarding, or biking will help prevent skull fractures and brain contusions. Helmets do not prevent concussions but they do limit the chances of severe brain damage.