There Needs To Be More Of This

17 Oct

In Minnesota they are taking strides to get to the bottom of the issue of concussions, and frankly why more are not doing this is strange.  Why not gather the most data possible;

For the first time, solid numbers are being collected in Minnesota on how concussions really affect high school athletes.

The Minnesota Department of Health is tracking concussions at 42 high schools. Through the first seven weeks of the fall sports season, 373 student athletes have been diagnosed with a concussion.  According to one expert, the number seems to be on par with previous years.  This study is now providing a number for the issue.

The study reveals how many kids are getting hurt and how long the injuries are keeping them out of sports and out of school.  The medical professionals tracking student concussion in Minnesota don’t want the numbers to scare parents into pulling their kids out of sports, but rather make them aware of the symptoms and consequences.

Hey here is a bright idea; National Athletic Trainers Association why don’t you create a reporting platform similar to what is being done in Minnesota?  I would say state high school associations could do the same thing but AD’s and coaches are already bombarded by plenty of other things.

To grasp the total issue you must grasp the total problem; although unlikely perhaps concussions are not nearly the issue that some are making it?  Why not find out?

Someone get it done, and if needed I can collect the data; just need some resources and backing.

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3 Responses to “There Needs To Be More Of This”

  1. Dorothy Bedford October 17, 2012 at 21:44 #

    Great work in Minnesota, but a lot more data could be collected quickly if high school teams that do pre-season ImPACT for all players would do post-season ImPACT on each player for comparison. That would take the issue of self-reporting (or lack thereof) off the table

    • My understanding is that ImPact is only an attempt to SCREEN for VERY FEW known concussion symptoms.

      and its psychometric qualities have been rightfully criticized multiple times in past posts to this Blog and in the professional literature.

      Concerns re conflict of interests, validity and reliability re the screening
      device have been raised numerous times.

      Suggest you review past posts and Mayers & Redick (2011) article that recently appeared in the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology that is entitled:

      ” Clinical Utility of ImPact…Psychomentric Issues “.

      Furthermore, these authors and Randolph (2011) were also cited as sharing almost similar views:

      ” Despite the widespread use of baseline neuropsychological testing [SCREENING is a more precise term] in the management of sport-related concussion, there appears to be no evidencein the medicial literature to suggest that this approach has modified any associated risks. “.

  2. Jake Benford October 18, 2012 at 18:53 #

    True, neurocogantive testing is only one tool used to evaluate someone with mTBI and can not be used to retrospectively diagnosis a “missed” injury.

    Would be great to see the NATA make a documentation program that trainers could chart on that then could be used to collect data throughout the nation.

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