2015, A Transition Year for The Concussion Blog

Exactly what this transition will be is yet to be determined…

As time has passed since starting this blog in 2010 I have traversed many topics, many places and many relationships using concussions as a conduit.  I must say it has been overwhelmingly positive and beneficial; I can only hope it has been the same for those on the other end.

When I and we began there were many unknowns — plenty still remain — and much misinformation about concussions hence the starting of this monster.  The spotlight shifted to this issue in sports and life around 2011-12 and has since taken a life of its own.  As we have gained information into this debate, injury and recovery this blog has lost a lot of its unique luster, to me as the sole provider of content.  Over the time of this blog there has been great interest into my insight and ability to communicate which has spawned many opportunities for me, for which I am grateful.  I also feel this blog and the work put in here by me and others has contributed to the overall increase in awareness and other information sources on this topic.

I still have the passion for this niche in sports medicine and general education of the public and those that are seeking it.  I welcome all the emails and the contact for those that deem my intuition and expertise on this matter valuable; I will not turn away a chance to set the record straight or give my opinion on something related to concussions.

However, I have realized that I do not have the time or impetus to continually blog (as if it wasn’t obvious by my lack of posts over the past few months).  There are many factors playing into this and if you care to know Continue reading

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Dear Time and Readers…

What in the world has happened?  It seems like months ago I was in New York on a huge stage sharing my opinion on athletic training and concussions; in particular secondary schools and adolescents.  Now looking at the blog I have realized it has been some time since posting.

I would be lying if I said I just flat had no time, although it seems to be very scarce now-a-days.  In truth I have not had the motivation to post stories and thoughts – which happens in this blogging thing.  I truly appreciate those that have visited and have interacted on Twitter (I have found it easier to communicate in 140 or less when in this “mood”).

If you throw in the chaotic weather here in the Midwest you have a “perfect storm” that has prohibited me from being on here for some time.  With all the snow and ice I have been relegated to stay-at-home dad and then when school is back in session we have a back log of games that need to be made up.  One aspect that people don’t fully understand/appreciate about high school athletic trainers – if there is a game we MUST be there.  Not because it is our job but because we want to be there for “our” kids and families that rely upon us to take care of them.  This creates many nights that were originally scheduled to be family or personal time to be work time.

If I have learned one thing in this career its to balance your family life and personal time.  Unfortunately many athletic trainers burn out because of such demands and honestly the family dynamics pressure a career change with stable hours.  If you throw in the blog it can be hazardous for your stability; this is why I always go back to the advice from Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) when I started “don’t let the blog run you, you run the blog.”

There are times when my wife – my best friend and rock in my crazy world – deserves all my efforts around the house so doing the honey-do list takes priority over this blog.  There are times when my three kids need my attention and play/free time and take priority over the blog.  There are times when a parent calls and asks Continue reading