Sunday Night Debacle

Sunday Night Football (TM by NBC and NFL) was going to be a good watch with Mike Vick returning to his original place of employment.  Not only was that an underlying tone, the Atlanta Falcons faced an early season “must win”, the first half it did not disappoint as both teams scored and forced mistakes from the other team.  As the second half began it looked as though the visiting Eagles were going to take full control of  the game, and to be honest my interest started to wane a bit, then Dunta Robinson happened again.  It was his hit in Week 6 last year that started the avalanche of eyes on concussions in the NFL.  Tonight he basically did the same thing – the hit seen below (will be removed by NFL) and should be met with both a fine and suspension – and brought attention to the broadcast for what became a massive debacle in my opinion.

Later in the drive, not only did Jeremy Maclin return to the game after the hit from Robinson (and being “down”), he caught a pass from Vick, but behind the play Vick was injured.  As you can see Continue reading

Eagles Medical Staff Under Fire (Cont.)

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On Monday we ran a story about how the Philadelphia Eagles handled the concussions of Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley.  Of note was Stewart Bradley and his “punch-drunk” appearance then returning in two plays to make a tackle.

Per current guidelines for head injuries Bradley should have been evaluated before returning, which the Eagles say they did.  However if you put a stop watch on the time Bradley was out it was not over four minutes.  I don’t care how good you are at concussions, FOUR minutes is NOT SUFFICIENT enough time to properly evaluate a head injury.  Continue reading

Philadelphia Eagles Medical Staff Under Fire

The Eagles’ team doctors and medical staff was cleared of wrong-doing when dealing with on the field concussions.  NFLPA Medical Director Dr. Thom Mayer determined that the medical staff followed proper procedures.  The return-to-play guidelines for the NFL are not un-similar to general guidelines for all athletes.

The issue arose when Stewart Bradley took a hit and struggled to get to his feet, and when he did, he did his best interpretation of a “punch-drunk” boxer.  That was an OBVIOUS sign of a mTBI/Concussion and should have been disqualified from further activity.  However, the medical staff did not see any of this as they were tending to a previous head injury sustained by Kevin Kolb.  Both players returned to play in the 2nd quarter and did not play again after the half.

According to the linked article, courtesy of ESPN and Sal Paolantonio, both players regressed in their initial on the field evaluation during half time, and were sidelined.

Andy Reid, the Eagles head coach, was also supportive of the initial decision for them to return-to-play.  Now the team will not practice either player until Friday at the earliest and continue to monitor their injuries.

As one can see there are issues with the RTP of concussions, at all levels.  But more importantly we can see that the injury known as a concussion is very different in presentation and resolving.  The great thing is that more and more people are aware, the next step is getting a policy in place that everyone can agree on.