What Are Concussions? The Basics of Brain Structure and Function

What Are Concussions? The Basics of Brain Structure and Function

Concussions and CTE What You Need to Know 6 Part Series Part 1

The brain is an organ, made up of nervous tissue, contained inside a bony skull. It functions as the coordinating center of sensations and carries out nervous activity. Needless to say, it is one of the most complicated systems in your body and is made up of trillions of cells called ‘neurons’.

A complicated system of nerves also connects your brain to the rest of your body, so that the transmission of signals can occur in split seconds and an intricate coordination can be carried out between your body parts. Think about how fast you pull your hand back from a hot stove! It’s all because your brain is designed so intricately that it functions at the speed of light- literally, it does!

Humans owe their survival to this grand design and consciousness that their brains provide them. To make such complex chain of activity possible at an extraordinary speed, it’s logical to say that each cell of the brain plays its part and at the same time, they coordinate with one another to create synchronized actions. While all the parts of your brain work together, each part is responsible for a specific function — controlling everything from your heart rate to your mood.

Lobes of the Brain

Each area of the brain has a specific type of cells and a designated function. The purpose of exploring these structures is to shed some light on the importance of their functions and e