Looks like Pop Warner, with the help of the NFL, has created a medical oversight committee, and their first task was the creation of some head injury rules/guidelines. I am still looking for a full press release with more details – all info I have is based on this espn.com article. Youth athletes MUST have a note from a doctor before allowing return to play. While this is a GIANT step in the right direction, this issue is certain to be filled with problems purely on lack of universal access to medical professionals experienced with sports-related head injuries. More to come when I find the full press release…
Wow, I am impressed… there were a few things that came to mind when I read the espn.com article that I was immediately concerned about, and it appears Pop Warner did a great job with these rules. While I still have some concerns, it is certainly a SIGNIFICANT step forward in youth athletics.
My number one concern was parents – now I know there are many great parents out there, many that would do anything for their children - but with that comes another problem. Sometimes doing anything and everything is going too far, specifically I’m talking about two things. 1.) Parents being objective and seeing the bigger picture when their child is injured in athletics (sometimes it becomes hard to remember that this is just a game for fun). And 2.) parents who are also medical providers can have their judgment clouded when it’s their child that’s injured.
Fortunately, Pop Warner has addressed these issues.
S3: Injured player: Once removed by reason of injury, a player shall not re-enter the game without the approval of an official licensed athletic trainer or medical professional who is not a parent/guardian of the player.
More to come.