Educational Debate; what to actually teach?

WARNING some content may be considered “nerdy”, as there are very big words, even words I had to look up (OK you got me I have to look up many words longer than 5 letters).  I may even go on a diatribe that may lose you.  I do feel it is important for athletic trainers to read as well as our educators.

Awareness is the key with concussions – as I see it in this moment in time – understanding what one is and the proper management are probably the biggest issues we can educate on currently.  That does not mean the rest of the information is forgotten or omitted rather, grasping the nature of concussions is of special attention.  Once people start to understand/respect concussions some of the fear will be removed and fewer people will brazenly dismiss this brain injury.  Decisions need to be made about exactly what to educate each audience about; granted it would be nice to explain all of it – every minute detail – to every audience, that is unlikely to get people to understand.  The information about concussions – while remaining consistent – must be tailored to each subset for better understanding.  One can always go out and find more information, but the basics must be the same for everyone.  For example; disseminating the general signs and symptoms of concussion, the appropriate definition of a concussion, and immediate management of a suspected concussion.  This information should be the same for everyone.

And I think we are doing a good job all around on this; from the CDC, to NFHS, to state level, to this blog.

Last night was an opportunity to learn more about concussions and the thought process of teaching about concussions, to at least athletic trainers, on twitter.  During Thanksgiving I mentioned – and was pushing people – to understand what the Fencing Response is (pubmed) as Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots demonstrated this after getting hit in the game (unfortunately I cannot get a film/.gif of this currently) (thanks to a reader here is the LINK to the video).

It was then suggested to me by fellow athletic trainer and current educator Dr.Theresa Miyashita ‏(@DrMiyashita) that I should “be careful-the fencing response Continue reading