Troy Polamalu the recent poster boy for concussion management has spoken for the first time since the “concussion-like” spell. He was interviewed via The Republic and had some very salient comments;
“I’m well aware of the research, well aware of the frenzy that’s kind of surrounded this particular injury,” he added. “I also realize that with the amount that I have had that I’m probably under a lot more scrutiny, and we’re under a lot more scrutiny than other organizations.”
I have always thought of Polamalu as someone who is of full capacity and really, an over all a competitor. There inlays the struggle of athletes, playing hurt. But are concussions an injury you can play hurt though? As of now there is ZERO indication that this should even be considered for adolescents. Professional athletes are adults and as we can see from the above comment aware, but they are making a living.
This is an issue I have tried to make, professionals do have the right to sign informed consent about concussions and returning to play, however not at the time of injury or impairment. After all they are not of sound mind during a brain injury, that is a fact. However after the initial phase of metabolic cascade (research is trying to pinpoint this time frame) perhaps the adults can “release” liability associated with concussions.
Even so, the message should be CLEAR and CONSISTENT to the adolescent, that they [youth] cannot take the same risks. Even Polamalu concedes that a concussion is possibly the worst injury one can sustain;
“One, there’s probably no more serious injury that anybody could have than a concussion,” he continued. “You can function well with blown legs and arms and shoulders, but not with the brain.”