Today in the final installment of the Quad City Times Head Games Series Andrew Peterson looks at new helmet designs and how they can help with reducing concussions.
One of the most widespread evolutions has come in the protective qualities of football helmets. In the 1960s, the plastic helmet first gained popularity, but in the past decade much more attention has been given to the quality of interior padding.
In 2002, Riddell released its Revolution helmet, featuring redesigned padding and an inflatable liner. Four years ago, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center published three years worth of research indicating that Revolution wearers are 31 percent less likely to suffer a concussion.
Also in the article Andrew wrote about mouthguards, rule adaptations, and what is next in the area of concussions. I must say the Quad City Times picked a perfect weekend to run these stories, and good for them! Andrew Peterson and Doug Green did a marvelous job looking into this hot topic.
This is the second part to the concussion series being run by The Quad City Times and the prep section, written by Doug Green. The first one was yesterday and focused on the injury itself. Today’s story is about the athletic trainer and how they are at the front line of this issue.
As an athletic trainer I feel that our profession is not only capable but NEEDED at all levels of sports. Either on-site for the games/practices or a phone call away. A lot of educational time is devoted to head injuries for athletic trainers, and our continuing education requirements offer us the ability to continually learn in this area. Sure, we are not MD’s/DO’s but our experience and rate of seeing these injuries make the athletic trainer somewhat of an “expert”.
As one doctor in the article states, deferring to the athletic trainer to know if the athlete is “right” is, in fact, a prudent and important step in returning athletes.
“I rely on the trainer to know what an athlete is normally like,” said Jessica Ellis, who is the team doctor for the Davenport school district and St. Ambrose University. “I have standardized tests with memory, cognition, balance checks.”
Barring the loss of consciousness, concussions have traditionally been an afterthought among sports injuries. Recently, however, these mild traumatic brain injuries have garnered serious national attention in all levels of athletics.
Evolving technology, education and chilling research have led to reconsidered view of head injuries. Governing bodies within athletics have taken action, and 10 states have laws overseeing concussion diagnosis and treatment. National legislation is pending congressional approval.