Let Us Hear From Woods about “Woodsgate”

TCB follow-up to Robert “Woodsgate” and this is not the first time the PAC-12 has been under the microscope here at TCB, if you recall “Lockergate” a few years back.

There are hundreds if not thousands of hits on any given weekend in football that will result in concussions across the football landscape, many go unnoticed, except by the trained medical staff (mainly athletic trainers); certainly we see a very limited number on national TV.  However last week Robert Woods of USC was drilled in the head while blocking that resulted in OVERT signs of brain trauma.  Before we go further we should define what a concussion is, in its simplest terms:

  • A concussion, at the very base level, is a pathological event that results from forces to the brain that cause disruption of normal brain activity.  These “disruptions” can occur immediately or in a delayed response.  Regardless, any disruption of normal physical, cognitive or emotional behavior would fit this criteria.

The new standard of care for concussions across all levels is that if someone exhibits signs of a concussion they should be removed from play for a proper evaluation.  If there is no one there to do a proper evaluation (see youth and HS levels) then that player may not be returned to the game and cannot return to sport without a medical clearance from a physician.

As I have stated many a time most evaluations on the sideline are either a case of detective work – weeding through the subjective nature of the injury – or not needed because of the overt signs and clinical presentation.  I say this as an expert, one who deals with concussions in sport on almost a daily basis.  Observation is the most trusted source for concussion detection; whether it be observation  Continue reading

An Honest Interview

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times covers the University of Washington basketball team, and has a blog report that deals in part with Justin Holiday and his concussion.  Holiday is just returning from his concussion he suffered on March 5th and Allen interviewed him about how it has been going.

“I really didn’t feel comfortable shooting them because of my concussion,” he said. “I was a little light-headed at times and I thought other guys could have made a better shot than I could have. It was really just being out there for the team. I wasn’t shooting as well and I wanted to make sure we got the best shot up possible in the game. And helping in ways I knew for sure I could get things done.

(How can you get better?) “Just rest. It’s most definitely gotten better. Resting all week. Other than the games. These couple of days of rest are going to help me most definitely. I feel better now than I did when we left. I feel that can get cleared up all the way and go out there and produce.”

(How close were you to sitting out?) Continue reading