With the NFL we struggle to grasp the issues that surround concussion and players. In a perfect world the athletic trainers would yank a player at every instance of possible concussion and run a sideline evaluation. If the player clears, great, but he missed some plays and if he didn’t they did a great job getting him off the field. It’s not that easy people, heck I struggled for two years to have this type of mechanism at my high school (been in effect for the past three years).
Perhaps the best way to understand the issue better we should listen to the candid and sobering comments from a former player – who had his career end because of concussions – Hunter Hillenmeyer.
On the Boers and Bernstein Show on 670 The Score of Chicago they spent a good chunk of time talking to Hillenmeyer. I strongly urge you to listen to THIS PODCAST. Hillenmeyer discusses: the biggest issue I fear on the NFL sidelines – conflict of interest (about 6:20 mark), being labeled concussion prone (8:35), talking about talking with current players about concussions (8:50) and much more.
I have reached out to Hillenmeyer to invite him to write something up for the blog to follow-up this interview. He has opened up before; will see how that goes.