The education of concussions is great, the legislation is in the right place but there is absolutely no accountability for instances where athletes are “failed”. Before I go on, I am not perfect, I have and will continue to miss some things here and there (I missed an ACL in football which bothers me). In fact, looking at the pressure I put on myself and hoping the world puts on my chosen profession of athletic training it may be a bumpy road. However, missing obvious problems of health and welfare of athletes when one is an athletic trainer is inexcusable. I implore anyone out there that feels I have missed something to call my ass to the carpet as well.
This brings me to something that I found in my inbox recently and it made me sick and should be handled. This particular incident occurred in a state that has similar mechanisms for concussions as here in Illinois. To create the back story on the “mechanisms” in play you should understand the state legislation and high school association concussion education;
- Players, parents and coaches all have been given information regarding concussions
- Officials have been given authority to remove player for concussion signs or suspicion including mechanism of injury (MOI)
- Once removed they cannot return unless cleared by approved medical professional (IL is ATC, MD, or DO only)
With that information here is the email from a fellow athletic trainer – emphasis added is mine – (obviously stripped of identifying information);
Still have a long road ahead of education.
I was at a basketball game Friday night as a spectator and watched a player bounce [their] head off the floor. Opponent had set a screen and athlete ran right into [defender], bounced off and landed on floor bouncing head off the floor. The player then rolled around on the floor grabbing head and could tell [athlete] was in pain. Time was called by the officials to attend to the player. MOI would strongly Continue reading