Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Sun-Times has a couple...

...of pieces this week on imPACT concussion tests, "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):

Nearly 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.

It's 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 diagnosis.

How do we resolve the conflict between our love for football (and other sports) and our concern for our kids' health? I have no idea.

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