Yesterday we posted the press release regarding the hearing on concussions and the marketing of sports equipment. Soon after that post I received many communications about what was said and my feelings on the subject. Before we get into how exactly I feel regarding this one short hearing I think you should take the time to see it for your self. It is a long hearing with five witnesses, so you will have to have a lot of time, HOWEVER IF YOU ONLY HAVE 10 MINUTES IT CAN BE SUMMED UP FROM THE 30:20 MARK TO THE 40:45 MARK.
Click HERE to jump to hearing, via US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation website.
In those ten minutes you hear exactly what is wrong with current the current concussion situation, not from doctors, senators, or the “high-ranking” researchers, rather from former student-athletes that lost their playing careers due to this brain injury. Alexis Ball and Steven Threet paint a picture of the athlete, Continue reading
The Commerce Committee held a hearing on sports equipment labeled as “anti-concussion” or concussion prevention technology. The issue is not that some products make the claim but there is no independent research to back up any of the claims. I believe that this is an important issue, one we have highlighted regarding mouthguards previously.
Here is the press release;
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a Commerce Committee hearing today, Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) highlighted two important points about sports concussions that are often overlooked: that concussions are a serious problem even for young athletes; and that sports equipment is often marketed as “anti-concussion” without sufficient proof.
“We now understand that this is not an injury only NFL players can suffer. And it’s not just a football problem either,” Rockefeller said. “More than 10,000 high school girl soccer players sustain concussions each year. What’s even more troubling is that sports equipment manufacturers are exploiting our growing concerns about sports concussions to market so-called ‘anti-concussion’ products to athletes and their parents. The American public has a lot of legitimate questions about the risk of concussions in sports and they deserve honest answers.” Continue reading
The concussion news cycle seems to have slowed a bit over the past week. Sure there has been plenty of newsworthy events, including cases of kids getting hurt, but the amount of news seen in the searches has dropped quite a bit recently. I must say that over the past few weeks I have seen more and more “mainstream” outlets picking up on the awareness issue. One such case is NPR and a story about products that have been popping up. The title is a bit misleading as mouthguards are not discussed, it does take a look at the Battle Sports Science Impact Indicator;
Battle Sports Science CEO Chris Circo says his product does measure rotational movement as well as direct head impacts. Circo, who’s had five concussions and takes anti-seizure medication, says he knows how complex brain injuries are. In an interview, he is more circumspect than his trumpet-like email to the media.
“Does the Impact Indicator prevent concussions? Absolutely not,” Circo says. “Does it diagnose concussions? Absolutely not.”
But, as advertised, it does help, says Circo. And despite Halstead’s fear, Circo insists Continue reading