Last year when the blog began I ran a weekly “blog series” titled Friday Night Lights, usually wrote after the game and appeared on Monday-ish. This year I think I am going to change it a bit and I need a new title. Reason for the change is both a possible trademark issue with the name and since our games are Thursday, Friday and Monday’s I wanted to encompass all of them.
This “series” will be more than concussions; it will continue to be about athletic training and high school sports. I have been warned not to identify the school I am working at, although some may already know, not because they don’t want it rather to avoid any identification of athlete injuries, you know that HIPAA thing.
If you have not seen it yet in your newest ESPN The Magazine or on the net here it is POLL, and there are some interesting results in there. The poll was put together to get a sample of high school aged kids and their support group, coaches, parents and athletic trainers. To be expected the players themselves seem to be on the “less concerned” side of things, while surprisingly the coaches are very cognizant and cautious with the concussion problem.
Very few coaches say they’d rather win with their concussed star, and parents and athletic trainers basically agree. “You’re risking the kid’s health,” says a Pennsylvania trainer. “Plus, if he has a concussion, his reaction time won’t be where it should be, so chances are good he’ll help lose the game.” Players, of course, see things quite differently. “We actually have a chance this year,” says an Oregon player. “We will all do whatever it takes to win.”
On the issue of a “headache” the coaches are on the sides of the athletic trainers.
As many respondents note, a headache can be symptomatic of everything from a contact lens issue to a sinus infection. But most also acknowledge what studies show: The No. 1 symptom of a concussion is headache, and players complaining of one should be held out until a clear diagnosis is reached. “If a player has a headache from a hard hit,” says a Minnesota athletic trainer, “it’s not okay to return.” Only the players believe a headache shouldn’t warrant a benching.
I took part in this survey and it was very well done for not being “scientific” and the results were what I expected to see. I think this is a good launching point for a more in-depth project, breaking it down by region and state. Although football is “king” when it comes to concussions, it would be good to see the general reflection of all athletes as well. Good job by ESPN, go to the link to see all the results…