Parents, coaches meet growing problem of concussions head-on

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 16, 2012 - 10:44 AM

More kids are seeing doctors because of a new state law and added training.

  • 13
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
akmscottJan. 14, 1211:09 PM

Perhaps if these precious pieces of glass would use remote controled robots to represent themselves on the field we could take all danger away from these poor kids!They could just sit on the sidelines and eat doughnuts while controling their players.

3
13
rshacklefordJan. 15, 1212:01 AM

"Perhaps if these precious pieces of glass would use remote controled robots to represent themselves on the field we could take all danger away from these poor kids!They could just sit on the sidelines and eat doughnuts while controling their players." A little on the too insensitive side there... But, yes, sports can be dangerous at times.

5
3
wilson55436Jan. 15, 12 5:44 AM

The rules put in place to deal with concussions have severely swung the pendulum in the wrong direction. I'm a Varsity Soccer Coach at a high school and last fall had to deal with the flaws of the new law. A player of mine on the field was hit in the chest with the ball and collapsed. The referee and the trainer asked her how she felt using the concussion checklist. When asked, she did answer that she felt nauseated. The trainer and the referee then told me that she was not allowed back on the field for the rest of the game due to having 'symptoms of a concussion'. Her head didn't hit the ball or the ground! I was then handed a letter after the game stating she was ineligible to play for 24 hours until after her symptoms cleared. Unfortunately, we had a game the very next day and she was forced to sit it out due to this 'law'. The parents were furious and so was I.

8
6
akornJan. 15, 12 8:27 AM

It's time to take a step back and start considering that we as a society are taking kids' sports way too seriously. Especially as it applies to girls. A few generations ago, girls sports was almost non-existent, now it is all-consuming. Our grandparents believed the major purpose of education for girls was to prepare them for domestic life, especially marriage and motherhood. I think they were right.

5
5
barrelstoveJan. 15, 12 8:27 AM

More rules are no good. Use a reasonable judgement

4
4
minneg56Jan. 15, 1210:29 AM

barrelstove- agreed! I do understand that this article is about concussions but I also believe, it is a shame that the Jablonski tragic injury has propelled the parental hysteria about injuries in general. Yes scary as heck and tragic ... but on the topic of reasonable judgement and common sense- if I read the line score properly this morning in my hard copy paper version of The Strib Sports section, I noted that Benilde-St. Margaget's varsity hockey club beat Cooper ... 21- 0. How about a bit of common sense, reasonable judgement and compassion? I hope I read it wrong. If that was in fact the score then I question if they learned anything from their unfortunate interface with a tragedy.

3
0
a1batrossJan. 15, 1211:06 AM

A concussion pun for a headline? Really? REALLY??

1
1
meechemillJan. 15, 12 2:13 PM

I'm glad the accidents kids have in sports are finally being addressed and something is being done about it - Now, just get the hockey dads to learn these rules and instill them in the players. It was very sad to see that the Ref's report on the paralyzing injury to the 16 year girl, Jenna, while playing hockey - stated she was not knocked down or hurt from a check from behind. This is awful and a coverup to the worst degree. Her parents saw the whole thing and say she was checked illegaly from behind. Is this the kind of reporting we want done? That the ref's write reports dismissing them of all responsibility? Are there any cameras that will show she was checked from behind and then ask this REF why he wrote a report and submitted it stating she was not checked - she just fell down and got paralyzed on her own. Does anyone believe this?

2
0
troyatcJan. 15, 12 2:53 PM

All of the recent stories about spinal injuries in hockey and all of the media coverage of concussions will cause all coaches, athletes, parents, and the general public to be more concerned. Having these stories in the forefront will continue to make things safer for kids of all ages who wish to play sports. In regards to wilson55436 comments - although it may seem like the law may have its flaws, if it ultimately provides the safest option for the athlete is that not better! It is very evident that a blow to the head is not necessary to cause a concussion, and Justin Morneau's lengthy recovery notes just that. His symptoms returned just from falling down. So if she would have returned, and something more serious would have happened that would have made national headlines! Having Certified Athletic Trainers on the fields, courts, and rinks provide the safest options for these schools and leagues. Certified Athletic Trainers have the education necessary to provide the recognition of the concussion, and more importantly monitor the athlete for the days and weeks after to allow for safe return to participation. Many times because of their familiarity with the athletes they can tell if something isnt quite right, and they are truly on the front lines when these injuries occur. Obviously there is an inherent risk of injury whenever people of all ages decide to play sports. When our kids want to play the sports that they truly love we need to make sure that all steps are taken to ensure that their safety is taken into account. Having Certified Athletic Trainers present does just that!

3
0
pwatcJan. 15, 12 4:16 PM

Coaches can't over-rule EMT's, and they can't over-rule athletic trainers either. The only advantage an EMT would provide is transport to a hospital. One of an athletic trainer's skills is in making return to play decisions. An EMT has no training in this area.

1
1

Comment on this story   |  

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

download our hockey apps

download our basketball apps

download our football apps

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT