If you don’t follow Will you really should. He runs a weekly Med Check on injuries in the NFL, he often utilizes this blog for information regarding concussions. Will has been all over the concussion issue, not just recently, rather for as long as I have known him. I appreciate his dedication to sports medicine, athletic trainers (even though his publications say “trainer” he knows and represents the differences), and injuries in general.
In his most recent Med Check he opened up with some very poignant information and editorial;
Mike Florio of NBC has offered both reasonable coverage and interesting suggestions, but inside the game, there’s been quite a bit of pushback. Instead of using their bully pulpit to rally for change to how we treat injuries, ex-players like Merrill Hoge and Mike Golic are against any changes. They go to “back in my day” stories, calling players that come out of games “quitters.” That Hoge, a player who had his career ended early due to concussions, takes this position is amazing. Hoge was cleared to play just five days after a severe concussion and when he suffered another, he ended up being resuscitated on the way to the hospital. He never played again. Would those things have happened under current rules? Probably not, but Hoge isn’t willing to work to make sure that someone doesn’t go through what cost him so much (or brought him so much in the suit against the doctor that cleared him.) Perhaps the self-reflection or irony part of his brain is what was damaged. What’s clear is that these kinds of views are damaging the game itself, pushing it closer to that line where it cannot police itself and will be viewed, as Malcolm Gladwell suggested, as human dogfighting by some. It doesn’t have to be this way and it’s time for some ex-players — I’m looking at you, Troy Aikman — to step up.
Thanks Will!!! You can follow him @injuryexpert on Twitter.