"Schools don't use imPACT concussion test uniformly" and "Regina's Maggie Palmer believes imPACT test discourages players from seeking help." (imPACT stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing.)
It's interesting reading and reminds me of an article I read over the weekend about college football, "Coach Makes the Call: Athletic trainers who butt heads with coaches over concussion treatment take career hits." Money quote (my emphasis):
half of the major-college football trainers who responded to a recent
Chronicle survey say they have felt pressure from football coaches to
return concussed players to action before they were medically ready. The
respondents included 101 head athletic trainers, head football
trainers, and other sports-medicine professionals from the highest rung
of college football, the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.
unclear how many trainers have succumbed to the pressure, but previous
studies suggest that concussed players are not getting enough rest.
According to a 2010 NCAA survey, nearly half of responding institutions
said they had put athletes back in the same game after a concussion
How do we resolve the conflict between our love for
football (and other sports) and our concern for our kids' health? I have