In January’s edition of Coach and Athletic Director Editor-in-Chief, Michael Austin wrote the cover story on concussions; titled “What you’re missing when it comes to brain injuries”. A very well researched and written article on concussion issues at the high school level. Austin looked at the changing protocols, safety issues and legal concerns that will be facing the sports of our community schools now and in the future. Here are some excerpts;
This isn’t just a football problem. Media coverage focuses on the gridiron, but any time a player’s head is placed in harm’s way, a brain injury is a potential result. “From what I see, football leads the pack by far but we’re also seeing more girls and boys soccer players sustaining concussions,” says Dr. Michael C. Koester, MD, ATC, who is the director of the Slocum Sports Concussion Program within the Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Eugene, Ore. “Interestingly this year, and this could just be a statistical blip, but it’s worth noting we are seeing more girls volleyball players as well.”
That comment struck me as in the fall I saw more junior high school volleyball concussion (5) than high school football concussions (4), I have no idea what that means.
In the area of classification, Austin does a good job of trying to put ‘mild’ to rest with concussions;
Dr. Gerard Gioia, the director of the Pediatric Neuropsychology Program at Children’s National Medical Center and the director of the hospital’s Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program, says the medical community has “dropped the grading system” when it comes to concussions. He adds a common misnomer is the
suggestion you must have loss of consciousness to sustain a concussion, which is not true. “You can’t call a concussion
‘mild’ just because someone isn’t knocked out for 10 minutes. Most concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness,” Gioia says.
Regarding the state legislation and protocols;
“The No. 1 goal is to get the student-athlete back to school without symptoms or ramifications before even thinking about a return to the sport,” Fink says. For coaches anxious to have the player return to the field, Fink tells them every athlete Continue reading