Keeping your head in the game…

When it comes to dealing with head injuries in athletes, the risks are high and the rewards are low. Anybody that suffers a blow to the head is at an increased risk for further, much more significant, injury. With this in mind, there have been many discussions over the past few years about classifications of head injuries, assessments of head injuries, and return to play guidelines after a head injury. The NCAA (along with most other governing bodies) have yet to produce specific position statements addressing all these topics. Recently though, several of the BCS conferences came under fire by members of congress for not creating standards that go above and beyond what the NCAA has suggested. This brings up some interesting points. Should conferences elaborate on what guidelines the NCAA sets forth? Are the NCAA recommendations sufficient enough to protect the student-athletes and the institutions? What do you think?

Articles from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/sports/football/02concussions.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/18/sports/ncaafootball/18ncaa.html

Information from the NCAA:

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaahome?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/ncaa/ncaa/ncaa+news/ncaa+news+online/2009/association-wide/ncaa+panel+to+review+concussion+issues+-+12-10-09+-+ncaa+news

NATA Position Statement on Concussions:

http://www.nata.org/statements/position/concussion.pdf

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