Quick Hits 6/26/12

NFL Tells Rooks Not to Hide Concussions:

Cleveland Browns’ team physician spoke at the rookie symposium to warn the incoming players not to hide symptoms of concussions;

At the rookie symposium, Shickendantz said the league cares about the players’ well-being.

“Our only agenda is your health and safety,” he said. “It’s about you, not about us.”

The reality is it’s about everyone. It’s true that players sometimes avoid getting checked out by team doctors because they don’t want to be removed from games, and it’s true that’s a very bad idea. But it’s also true that sometimes players are mistakenly cleared to return to games even when they have been checked out by team doctors, and that’s a bad mistake.

Check out Michael David Smith’s quick take on Shickendantz being the selected speaker.  It will be very difficult to change the culture at the professional level (see money), it needs to begin at the youth level.


Steve Young Speaks About Concussions:

He may have took the time to address the concussion issue, however Steve Young really said nothing about concussions.  Even downplaying his own concussions during his career.  However he does feel the NFL is on the right path;

“I saw a quote from one of the players who suspected that in 20 years it wouldn’t be football any more,” Young said. “I think that scared everybody.”

However Young believes the NFL is taking proper steps to make sure today’s players won’t be as affected in the future by concussions.

“The league is getting serious about it and they know that it is important,” he said. “Now they have a whole way of dealing with it and there’s a protocol for how it’s handled. I talked to Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady about this recently and both felt very strongly that they’re getting the best care. Once you have a concussion, it is very hard to get back on the field.”

The last comment about getting back on the field is extremely – or I should say it has been – Pollyannaish at the least.  Players can get back on the field by telling the docs and athletic trainers the right things.  However, Young is correct in stating the NFL is much more vigilant now than ever before.  Baby steps.


Chicago Hockey Star Deems Himself Ready:

Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks who missed the last 22 games of the regular season due to concussion said he feels ready;

The Blackhawks’ captain has spent much of the offseason getting away from it all in his native Canada, doing some fishing and working out in preparation for the 2012-13 season.[…]

“I feel great,” said Toews, who attended a meeting with the National Hockey League Players Association executive board Monday at a downtown hotel. “I’m having a great summer so far. It was a pretty nerve-wracking thing (but) taking the time off and not going to the World Championships was really big. I haven’t felt or seen anything since so it’s good news.”

Looks like the oft criticized “party guy” settled down enough in the off-season to be ready for training camp.  In a side note, how long is the hockey off-season, 4 days?  LOL


One Stop Shop for Soldiers’ Concussions:

Marine Sgt. Albert Carls can endure just about anything the war dishes out, except being pulled from his unit.

When he suffered a concussion in a series of improvised explosive device attacks that cost two men their legs in the Kajaki district, the way he saw it, he wasn’t really injured.

It didn’t matter that he was only a few feet from the secondary blast, or that it felt like someone smashed him in the head with a sledgehammer. He wasn’t bleeding and he could walk. What was a little dizziness and ear ringing, compared with a Marine who had lost his legs?

“If they gave me a choice, I wouldn’t have left,” said Carls, a veteran of three combat deployments who also suffered a perforated eardrum. “I was in denial of being injured.”

A Navy corpsman trained to identify concussions in the field sent Carls to the Concussion Restoration Care Center, a special care facility at Camp Leatherneck, in Helmand province. According to the center’s officer in charge, Cmdr. Todd May, concussions have become the No. 1 battlefield injury for Marines and sailors.

“Everyone in general has become far more aware of what concussions can do and the damage that can be caused,” May said. “We’re doing a better job of treating them and diagnosing them.”

The military is certainly trying very hard to address this, perhaps the biggest troop causality issue in combat.  The disruption of the brain in operational theater can be very dangerous for the injured and those relying upon him/her.


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