Tuesday Quick Hits (UPDATED)


Bending the rules for a star is not uncommon, heck we see it almost every week in the NFL as players are initially reported to have “dirt in the eye”, or “back spasms”, etc.  However it is rare that you see an overt “relaxing” of rules to possibly allow them to play.  It has happened in the UK in Premiere League Soccer, the team is Arsenal Manchester United and the player is Rio Ferdinand (bold my emphasis);

Ferdinand claimed on Twitter that he ‘could not remember’ what happened during United’s 3-0 victory over Bolton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

He also admitted  he had suffered concussion, which under previous FA rules meant he would automatically miss the next 10 days.

But the FA have relaxed the guidelines and Ferdinand, 33, will now be put through a thorough medical examination.

Thanks to twitter both @SportsDocSkye and @SportsDoc_Chris find that the article as I have presented it and was reported in the link is inaccurate.  I appreciate them following and correcting this issue (also my stupidity when it comes to European Futbol).  The issue that needs correcting is that the current FA concussion guidelines follow the Zurich statement and a player will follow graduated return to play, meaning the 10 day issue is moot…

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I was reading an editorial in the Star Tribune about how the concussion laws could be a detriment to coaches and teams, when I came across some good initial stats for a study being done by Dr. Leslie Seymour in Minnesota.  The research is being funded by a federal grant to examine the impact of concussions and other head/neck injuries.

It has been safely assumed that concussion awareness had brought a spike in injury diagnosis the recent 2 years, however what was not known was the general trend before the heightened awareness.  Looking at the initial data from Seymour’s research you will see that the injury of concussion was generally trending up even before 2009, as seen in the graph below.

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An editorial in the Northwest Times of Indiana written by John Doherty is very similar to what we have been saying here on the blog.  It is good to see some similar thought processes;

However, before worrying about youth sports, administrators at the professional and collegiate levels need to fix their own. Concussions didn’t happen in just one NFL game this weekend. There were multiple instances in the other three games. Nor is football alone in this issue.

The current NHL season has turned into a concussion-related disaster. The league’s best player, Pittsburgh’s Sydney Crosby, remains sidelined after suffering three concussions in less than 12 months. More teams than not currently have a star player sidelined by concussion.

Soccer meanwhile, is facing overwhelming evidence that calls into question the continued legality of one its most fundamental plays, heading the ball.

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IndyCar not only changing cars but also adding more tests to the preseason baseline for their drivers;

Supplementing the ImPACT baseline this year is the NFL Sideline Concussion Assessment Tool — a 6-8 minute cognitive test utilized soon after an incident. The league instituted standardized sideline concussion assessment protocol, which includes the tool, for the 2011 season.

The tool, which supplements a focused screening neurological examination, assesses orientation (questions relating to what day/month/racetrack/what happened), immediate and delayed recall, concentration as well as balance — with a grade attached to each exercise to compare it to the preseason baseline.

Thanks to @djcraske for sending this along.  Perhaps the IndyCar series will use the NFL version much better than the, NFL.

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