Opening up the email today I saw several articles sent in from various readers, a lot are very intriguing and wish I could comment on all of them, like the recent Grantland article about football collapsing, from the view of economists Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier. As you all know this blog is a hobby/devotion based upon free time away from job and family so I try to do my best.
HOWEVER, once in a while there are articles that I must find time for; hopefully good, but in this case a complete head scratcher. I would like to thank a fellow athletic trainer, Brett Gustman, from Virginia for sending this my way.
If your doctor tells you that because your heart is exposed to greater danger due to some factor, he would suggest that you not eat Big Mac’s any more; would you listen to him/her? How bout your doctor told you that going jogging on a broken ankle is a bad idea; would you listen?
How about a doctor telling you that you should not wrestle due to your second concussion is less than a month; would you listen? I assume that most would do so; this is not the case in New York. Jorge Jimenez of Grand Street Campus, where he is a senior is not listening to his doctor;
Nearly a month earlier, at the Eastern States Classic on Jan. 14, Jimenez was accidentally kneed in the head and suffered a mild concussion. Two weeks after that, Jimenez suffered another head injury at the Mayor’s Cup in Manhattan on Jan. 29.
The doctor, Jimenez said, made a number of recommendations that night: he told Jimenez to stay home from school the remainder of the week and to stay off the wrestling mats until the symptoms went away.
Jimenez listened quietly and hung up the phone when they were done. But on Tuesday, Jimenez, feeling better, attended practice, wrestled with his teammates and ran sprints.
Why would he not listen to his doctor, well to Jimienz its simple, he needs to wrestle for a possible scholarship. And in New York it seems that he has this opportunity, although after reading the article it seems something is missing here.
According to the article in New York, specifically the PSAL this is how concussions are handled;
For now, it’s up to coaches to determine when a wrestler should return to the mat following a head injury, said Bloom. The only hard-and-fast rule, according to PSAL spokeswoman Marge Feinberg, is that “any student who suffers a concussion needs to be cleared by their doctor before returning to competition.”
Well what is it, the coaches or the doctor? And if it is the doctor how is even allowed on the mat?
In Jiminez’s case it seems that the doctor has not cleared him, but in the article he has been cleared, by a paramedic. This charade of saying that;
Zarcone, who has won two city titles since he launched Grand Street’s wrestling program seven years ago, takes offense to the suggestion that he might be putting an athlete at risk.
Is completely wrong in this authors opinion. He is in fact, placing the child/adolescent in harm’s way by allowing him to wrestle. The kid went back to strenuous exercise only days after his second injury and still having symptoms.
These are the exact cases that need to be highlighted, as what needs to be changed in this fight against concussions. The simple fact that this coach, kid and school have limited grasp on the awareness side of things is not unusual, what is…
Continuing to risk your brain health against your doctor’s advice, just to win.
Thank you to Mitch Abramson for writing the article in the New York Daily News.