Athletes and Concussions

When legislators pass laws mandating health care practices, it usually means we’ve missed an opportunity to protect vulnerable citizens.

Thirty-two states have recently legislated management of student-athlete concussions; others have laws pending. Quite obviously, EMS, coaches, and the medical community have dropped the ball on teen athlete concussions. Alarm bells first sounded in 2006 when several high profile head injuries left teen-aged athletes with debilitating brain da

mage. Most died; those who survived require lifelong care.

The cause of these head injuries were often not major blows to the head, but rather an anomaly called, “Second Impact Syndr

ome” where a player sustains a second blow to the head before fully recovering from an earlier head trauma. This poorly understood cascade of events leads to diffuse brain swelling and in most cases, death. Every reported case has involved an athlete under 20 years old. The mechanism is repetitive head trauma, especially in children and adolescents who take considerably longer than adults to fully recover from any blow to the head.

Please take Concussions seriously. Extra precaution now can allow a youth athlete the time needed to fully recover. If we

do not we will see even more of these headlines: Concussions force ex-Olympian Deitchler to end Gophers wrestling career – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Below are some videos on concussions and a few very interesting articles.

Video’s on Concussions:


My Concussion

i was hit in the head/ face with a Knee. hurt like sin, i was told i was out for 3 or 10 seconds, went to the hospital they said i deff had a concusion, Idk if i was messed up or not but My dr. looked exactly like Coach Wilson, and the Nurse Looked L…

Henry’s Wrestling Concussion Video

CJ Donahue giving me a concussion while wrestling.

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Concussions (Aired 9/15/09) (HBO)

Real Sports takes a closer look at the frequency and deadly hazards of concussions in high school football. For more on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, visit Watch HBO Sports series and events online at HBO GO® With HBO GO, you can wa…

Wrestling Knockout – De Pere

Knockout happens at 0:44 seconds.

Articles on Concussions:

Assembly Member Mary Hayashi Introduces Legislation to Provide Concussion … – PR Web (press release)

PR Web (press release)Assembly Member Mary Hayashi Introduces Legislation to Provide Concussion …PR Web (press release)“Concussions pose a serious health threat to our young athletes, and it’s critical that coaches receive training that will help t …

Heads up: dealing with concussions – Cleveland Jewish News

TIMEHeads up: dealing with concussionsCleveland Jewish News”Schools are being asked to adjust their schedules until these students get their symptoms under control.” Briskin and her colleagues currently are treating a number of young athletes whose m …

Concussions force ex-Olympian Deitchler to end Gophers wrestling career – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Gophersports.comConcussions force ex-Olympian Deitchler to end Gophers wrestling careerMinneapolis Star TribuneA recurring concussion problem has forced Jake Deitchler, who in 2008 became the first high school wrestler in more than 30 years to compet …

Olympian Jake Deitchler ends wrestling career – – USA


Issues with concussions have forced 2008 Greco-Roman Olympian Jake Deitchler to retire from collegiate and international competition. Greco-Roman division, becoming the first high school wrestler to make the U.S. Olympic team since Mike Farina in 1976. To get to Beijing, Deitchler knocked off 2006 World bronze medalist Harry Lester in “He is going to continue his education here and wants to get into business one day.” The Anoka, Minn., native prepped at


Atlanta Falcons playoff report: Concussion question surrounds Weatherspoon –

Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAtlanta Falcons playoff report: Concussion question surrounds WeatherspoonSportingNews.comFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.—LB Sean Weatherspoon, the team’s second-leading tackler, missed Wednesday’s practice with a head injury. Weather …


Concussion May Result to Increasing Number of Dead Wrestlers


A lot of people are of the view that wrestling is a fake sport due to the fact that the stories surrounding it are already planned. However, if you closely…

Spangler dealing with concussion | TheGazette


Spangler suffered a concussion here last year, wrestling Nebraska NCAA champ Jordan Burroughs. “It’s a concern,” said Jackson, who said Spangler’s history may lead to extra precautions like a special head gear. “We will

Concussions In Sports – Sports 29, 2011

New – Epidemiology of Sports Concussions, Pathophysiology of Concussion in Youth, On the Field Identification and Sideline Management of Concussion, Return to Play Decisions, Diagn…

League acknowledges possible influence of coaches on doctors who evaluate … –

NBCSports.comLeague acknowledges possible influence of coaches on doctors who evaluate …NBCSports.comAs the NFL continues to wrestle with the challenge of thoroughly yet efficiently ensuring that players who have suffered concussions are properly d …

Did Andre Waters Die for Our Entertainment? – The 700 Level

The 700 LevelDid Andre Waters Die for Our Entertainment?The 700 LevelMy timeline was flooded with updates on athletes dealing with the effects of concussions. Tweets about Chris Pronger’s severe post-concussion symptoms and Claude Giroux’s recovery f …

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