Ohio Concussion Legislation On The Way

@PirateATC is at it again with a post about his home state and the legislation ready to be passed.  On his blog he summarizes the bill and its impact on the community in which he works.  I must say he is a very proactive athletic trainer being on the cutting edge and out in front of issues is the best practice for any profession, particularity with concussions.

The basics of the bill were described by Hollie Kozak, President of the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association;

“As currently drafted, the legislation requires both school sponsored sports and “youth sports organizations” to adhere to the following requirements:

1.)     Requires students to submit a form signed by their parent stating that the parent and the student have received concussion and head injury information sheet

2.)     All coaches must hold a pupil activity permit (PAP) for coaching interscholastic athletics, and requires the (PAP) to develop additional training program specifically focused on brain trauma and brain injury management

3.)     A coach shall remove from practice or competition a student suspected of having Continue reading

It Is Starting To Sink In

A loyal follower of The Concussion Blog, @PirateATC has a blog devoted to athletic training and sports medicine for high school and middle school athletes.  In his latest post he discusses a situation where an athlete came to him with questions about his head;

When I asked him what made him think that he had a problem, he cited the large amount of press coverage that the topic was receiving and that he thought he better get it looked at.  I commend the young man for being so proactive and taking the necessary steps to take care of himself appropriately.  Maybe, just maybe I will be able to see a little more of this responsibility and less of the macho “leave me alone, I can handle this” attitude that is usually associated with this injury.

This wonderful to see the youth starting to take this issue seriously.

If there are more stories out there from fellow athletic trainers, doctors, parents or coaches we would love to hear them.  You can send them in to theconcussionblog@comcast.net and we will publish.  As always we can keep it anonymous.