Coach's Corner: Tim Crone 11/24
By Tim Crone former Blue Springs Head Coach
The topic of concussions has been up for discussion at all levels of sports. As old coaches, we definitely did not handle an injury involving a concussion with the seriousness it deserves.
The NFL is doing a good job of bringing the issue to the forefront. I overheard an old timer make a remark at the Chiefs game that players always used to play after receiving a concussion. It doesn't make you tough to play with a concussion and in fact may very well threaten an athlete’s ability to function for the rest of their life.
Education and dissemination of information should begin at the little league level. The basic symptoms should be known by everyone. These are: 1. Headache, 2. Nausea or vomiting, 3. Balance problems or dizziness, 4. Sensitivity to light or noise, 5. Double or fuzzy vision, 6. Concentration/memory problems, and 7. Feeling sluggish or groggy. Not only should everyone understand these symptoms, but they should treat the symptoms very seriously.
The September 2010 Missouri edition of ESPN Magazine contains an article which addresses the concussion issue. The article points out how to spot a possible concussion in a teammate:
If anyone sees any of these conditions, medical attention should be requested immediately. The only treatment for a concussion is rest, both physically and mentally.
The next step is to address at what point it is once again safe for a player to resume play. The National Federation of State High School Associations has a six step program known as its return-to-play protocol. An athlete must stay symptom free in order to advance to the next step. If symptoms recur, they MUST go back to the previous step.
The days of just putting a band aid on an injury involving a concussion are over. Please take the issue seriously.
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