If you have followed the news about concussions you would have certainly notices a case of a coach being investigated about his handling of concussions and general mistreatment of players. You would also know that the investigation of this Pittsburgh area coach found no wrong-doing, and retained his position.
The exact specifics were not privy to public information, that was until now;
In August, the trainers said, two players suffered concussions. Both returned to the sidelines to watch the team while wearing sunglasses and hats to protect them from sunlight, which can aggravate concussion symptoms.
Mr. Traber, 26, of Bridgeville, said Mr. Piccinini told the players “not to wear sunglasses on his field.”
“He kept saying … that, ‘He doesn’t have a concussion. He needs to get back on the field.’ He kept pressuring us to push up the date of his appointment with UPMC to be ready for the initial scrimmage,” Mr. Traber said.
Matt Bianco, father of one player, said he became concerned when other parents told him their children were not reporting injuries because they were being “belittled” by the coach.
Mr. Bianco said his son told him he did not remove his hat or sunglasses that day, but he later developed an arm hematoma and went to the hospital because he had left it untreated.
The teen was afraid to report the injury for fear of Mr. Piccinini’s reaction, Mr. Bianco said.
According the Post-Gazette’s authors, Jonathan D. Silver and Janice Crompton some of the information did not come forward until after the investigation. Not only was it the mishandling of the concussion and other injuries it was the general demeanor of the coach towards the injured players.
This type of coaching is not to unfamiliar and in a vacuum it seems awful. There are always two sides to the story, the main issue that I see is the disregard of the athletic trainer. If they are going on record with the accusations then I firmly believe that there is some traction to this issue;
On Aug. 22, Mr. Traber sent a text message to Peters athletic director Brian Geyer that read: “I feel like everytime [sic] an athlete from football comes to me for anything, and if I have to refer to a physician or someone else. Pic always finds a way to question what I’m doing”
The AT’s don’t coach the sport, so why should the coach be providing hokey medical advice?
It is an interesting situation, one that we should all be aware of.