“A player should not return to the contest or practice on the same day which they have had a diagnosed or suspected concussion.”
You cannot treat all concussions the same; they are not the same. And you cannot treat all people the same; they are not the same,” he said. “Even if you could treat all people the same, their experiences may not be the same with regard to a concussion.”
The NFL has recently adopted a new guideline to treating concussions, and Cantu has no doubt it will filter down into the NCAA and high schools by next fall.
“A player should not return to the contest or practice on the same day which they have had a diagnosed or suspected concussion. If you can rule out that they have had a concussion, OK, let them go back in. If you make the diagnosis or you cannot rule it out, the guidelines for the NFL now are to not let them back,” Cantu said.
Locally in the Utah State Legislature, House Bill 204 has been proposed that would protect athletes with head injuries. The bill was formed after a Washington state law passed in 2009 required medical clearance of youth athletes suspected of suffering a concussion before returning to play. State Rep. Paul Pay, R-Clearfield, is the chief sponsor of the bill.
“This bill … requires an amateur sports organization to: adopt and enforce a concussion and head injury policy; and inform a parent or guardian of the policy and obtain the parent’s or guardian’s signature on the policy before permitting a child to participate in a sporting event …. [and] prohibits a child … from participating in a sports event of the amateur sports organization until the child receives medical clearance form a health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of a concussion,” according to House Bill 204.
Courtney Larson, a senior studying athletic training , from Ariz., also commented about the importance of understanding the severity of concussions.
“Concussions are not as understood as they should be,” she said. “When in doubt, don’t play. If you have symptoms, get checked out.”
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