As I began the blog there were plenty of people who told us that what we were doing was “nice” but it will have little effect on the concussion issue. The easiest and actual response was “so what?” I honestly did not care if people didn’t take the information we wanted to present seriously; I KNEW that someone would.
The original concept was to gather stories and information from as many sources I could find on the limited time I have to devote to the blog. Fortunately we were able to add contributors that have helped in this endeavor (looking at you Noodle), as well as Parent Advocates and the occasional “anonymous poster”.
We believe the information is valid and “blog-worthy” in order to make people aware of the ever-changing issue of concussions. As viewers and commentors have increased over time we believe that we are on the right path.
A lot of the emails and comments I receive in confidence take umbrage with the “attacks” on the NFL and major sports. I can see that angle and appreciate the candor, however it is those entities that we will gain the most profound guidance and acceptance of this brain injury. Televised sports are the best opportunity to educate and inform because they are the perceived “leaders” in the area; they have the most resources to attack concussions, right? Rather than “attacking” the sports we all love I am using it as a vehicle to explain the injury and its manifestation all the way though recovery.
What is becoming more apparent is people with MUCH lager stature (see readership) are taking up the cause as well; from Alan Schwarz to Will Carroll to now Mike Florio. A recent post from ProFootballTalk (Florio) discussed the “loopholes” of concussions on the NFL sidelines;
Here’s hoping that the NFL tells the Steelers and every other team that there’s no difference between “concussion-like symptoms” and a concussion, that the league anticipates and pre-emptively closes any new loopholes the Steelers may try to craft, and that the NFL expands its injury-reporting obligations to require the affirmative disclosure of all pertinent information regarding the steps that were taken to determine whether a player did, or did not, suffer a concussion. Through such openness, teams will feel less able to take liberties. Also, those who organize and participate in the lower levels of football will be constantly aware that concussions need to be taken seriously, and that the assessment of players who have suffered significant blows to the head should be handled with secrecy or game strategy in mind.
These are the type of things we have been saying for some time here, and it is truly nice to see others helping out. So if you read this: Mr. Carroll, Mr. Florio, Mr. Schwarz – THANK YOU.
And especially thank you to all the other readers of this blog perhaps we can get this thing figured out!