WEIU Newswatch In Focus: Concussions

OK here is your chance to critique my efforts on camera.  I have already heard the “a face only a mother can love” or “your looks are great for radio”; never mind that watch this program from the Mattoon-Charleston public television.  I would like to thank WEIU for the opportunity.

All comments are welcome, yes all of them, let me have it!!!

3 thoughts on “WEIU Newswatch In Focus: Concussions

  1. Kevin November 29, 2011 / 19:59


    I thought it was a great segment! I agree that that all encompassing legislation is necessary so all levels of athletes can be protected. Are there any laws that require a certified athletic trainer at all contact sporting events in any states? I think it is ridiculous that a lot of schools do not even have athletic trainers. As you mentioned, the relationship that the athletic trainers have with the athletes is so important in detecting the invisible injury.

    I had second impact syndrome and a subdural hematoma in my senior season of football back in 2007 and I credit my athletic trainer for saving my life. It is amazing to see how far the awareness has come but there is still a long way to go. I read this blog daily and admire your efforts to spread the word. Keep up the good work!

    Here is a link to my story that was on the CBS Early Show a couple years ago if you are interested.

    • John Gonoude November 29, 2011 / 21:02


      Shoot me an email at “projbrainwave@yahoo.com.” We would love to do an original TCB article on your story for our Project Brain Wave cause. Project Brain Wave is essentially a platform we have established to give voice to those inflicted by sport-related head trauma, in order to have their stories reach out to the larger audience.


  2. BryanATC November 30, 2011 / 17:30

    Pennsylvania took out the provision regulating concussions for athletes outside of any “school associated” groups. It has the wording “recommends” to those groups outside of the legislation, but does not mandate that anyone follow the scholastic portion of the law.

    It’s sad that they chose the easy way out and just included the entities that are the easiest to enforce.

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