If you have a son or daughter in Little League Baseball you probably have heard of a pitch count. Basically it is a set number of pitches a pitcher can throw in a certain time period. The reasoning seems simple and sound, in my opinion; to protect the overuse of the arm/elbow. Sure, there are many coaches out there in the baseball world that know what they are doing and will only throw players when they are fully rested. On the other hand there a plenty of coaches out there that either don’t know or knowingly put players at risk when it comes to overuse of the pitching arm.
This has a relation to the concussion world; well, Sports Legacy Institute hopes so. In an effort to be PROACTIVE about issues surrounding concussions and especially the youth players of collision sports SLI has created an initiative to limit, log and research “hits” absorbed. I have blogged about it here when the initiative began.
Like many things that are new and different, people often dismiss or fail to grasp what is being attempted or cannot see what may be accomplished by doing them. In regards to the Hit Count, it to is simple; limit the number of hits one sustains while playing sports – collision sports to begin with.
I may not be the worlds biggest advocate for sensor technology as we currently know it, however this approach is different and unique. It is something that should be paid attention to, if not for the currently proposed reasons, at the very least the research capability. How can we know if we don’t know. In other words; how can we measure if we are making a difference with any of our so-called “advances in concussion issues” if there is not something to measure it against. For a small niche in the medical community that is all about “baselines” and return to “normal” our peers seem to get all squirmy when people want to find this baseline.
The Hit Count most likely will not be the panacea which our culture so desperately wants but this is at least a step in the right direction. Below you can see the full press release on the Symposium. I cannot attend on July 15th, but I have been afforded two (2) transferable registrations. Please contact me if you will be in the area and are looking to attend. Without further ado:
For Immediate Release —Thursday, June 12, 2014
Media Contact: Chelsea McLeod (781) 262-3324 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Legacy Institute Announces 2014 Hit Count® Symposium to be Held on Tuesday, July 15, at the Boston University School of Medicine to Advance Discussion on Use of Head Impact Sensors in Sports to Prevent Concussions
Co-Chaired by Dr. Robert Cantu and Dr. Gerry Gioia, event will gather researchers, athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes, medical professionals, and administrators to explore how Hit Count® Certified sensors can be used to improve brain safety Continue reading