I was tipped off by a fellow athletic trainer in a state where this .pdf (click first link below) is being circulated around. I find it interesting in the wake of the American Football Coaches Association meeting that this is being titled the way it is.
Concussions in Football is how it is titled on the info packet, but the subject line that my source received was “Our Game is Under Attack”.
ARE YOU SERIOUS?
First, let me say I have read it – three times – and find nothing wrong about what is being presented. Even with the opening HUGE FONT reason/opinion Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman has for continuing playing youth football. I respect that opinion and cases can be made for such a strong statement, in fact it is lore at this time.
But to claim the sport itself is under attack because some may be looking beyond the lore of benefits is a bit much, in my opinion. I have explained many a time here on the blog that what I see it as – and my reason for presenting information – is to keep the game around. The game is not under attack because of concussions, if the game was under attack it is because of the way it handles injuries – namely concussions – and the possible ramifications. The document is correct in stating not all brain injury is permanent, yet we don’t have any long-term data (solid longitudinal) on the effects of this sport or others that are collision based outside of boxing.
I honestly believe that if every sport coach, parent or kid looked at this document and Continue reading