Advocates for Injured Athletes

Beth and Tommy Mallon have a story to tell; it’s a story they hope will help protect youth athletes across the nation.  The mother-son duo has launched Advocates for Injured Athletes based out of San Diego, California.  Their goal: have a certified athletic trainer at every high school in America.

Tommy was a high school lacrosse player going for a ball when he and an opponent collided in a seemingly simple collision that would change lives permanently.  Luckily for Tommy, the certified athletic trainer present at the event would not allow Tommy to get up.  Riki Kirchhoff, ATC quickly and accurately assessed the situation and determined that Tommy had suffered a serious injury to his neck.

Here is a part of a post made on Tommy’s blog the day after the injury:

As many of you know already, Tommy broke his neck (in a lacrosse game yesterday) and is in the ICU where he is in the process being stabilized.  Tommy broke his neck at C-1, the very first vertebrae where the skull and the spine connect. We were very fortunate that Rikki (our trainer) was on hand at the game to prevent what most commonly happens in such injuries, spinal cord damage – our heart felt thanks to Rikki for her professionalism and smarts to do what was best for Tommy.  Continue reading

Did You Know?

That in girls/womans lacrosse (contact sport) that below is the only required protection…

Thats right, only an eyemask and mouth guard.  This is a great sport to maybe do a study on adding more protection and the increase in head injury.  The thought is that with just the eyemask and strict rules about contact to the head the player is safe.

My two cents are that if you keep the strict rules but add head protection then the incidence of head injuries from balls, sticks and falls will be reduced.