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Trainers should monitor all high school athletes for concussions, grand jury says

Original post made on Jun 30, 2015

High schools in San Mateo County need to take steps to detect concussions in athletes in all sports and use care in determining when students can return to play, the county's grand jury says.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 11:30 AM

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Posted by football fan
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

in the games that we watched in the past, the football coach at paly used to put many injured players back into the game. seemed like it wasn't the prudent thing to do, but guess the game was more important.

Posted by Youth sports
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm

> in the past

I'll bet you haven't been to a football game recently. Coaches at all levels (and I assume all sports, but definitely with football) have been extensively trained over the last several years. The equipment is much better. Practices have been adjusted. Safety is foremost.

An example for youth sports participants (click back to the main page for an idea of specific coach training and education) Web Link

While I have only had a chance to scan the Grand Jury report at this moment, I am happy they are looking at the situation in all sports (note the numbers for concussions in girls soccer and basketball.)

Their recommendations seem a little behind the curve for most schools today; with the exception of baseline testing (unsure which schools are testing this year,) most schools and leagues are ahead of the Grand Jury content and recs. I look forward to reading in more detail.

Posted by Robert D.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Robert D. is a registered user.

For sure football is common, but it is common in other sports such as Soccer. One sport often not captured in stats (as some schools do not recognize it as a sport) is Cheer Leading, so the stats become skewed. Needless to say, the Grand Jury got it right. Outside of football, attend any practice and even most events, there is little supervision on this and even less training. How many times has a high school athlete walked off the field (outside of football) and the coach simply sits them on the bench for a short period. it all comes down to training and recognition.
Having a base is the most important aspect. I glad that was caught and I will be happier when implemented.

Posted by soccer fan
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 1, 2015 at 9:58 am

two examples in last night's game--although, not youth sports per se--the head collision between germany and us-- both were on the ground for some time, one bleeding profusely, and both went right back into the game. i am sure there was some quick check for both--but, boy was it quick. one was bleeding throughout the rest of the entire match--i thought that was also outdated--uniforms have to be changed, courts have to be mopped up, bleeding has to be stopped. but i guess in world cup, that isn't the case??

this absolutely can't happen in high school / club sports, but i am sure that it does way too often.

pop warner / youth football is a prime example of the practice and get tough and get back in there. Kudos to Brandi for championing the "no heading" rule for youth soccer.

Posted by father
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 1, 2015 at 10:02 am

to youth sports comment above. this happens way too often in youth sports-- football, soccer, basketball, baseball, you name it. we go to a lot of youth / high school games, and see it quite often--including this year. and--even practices.
one athlete--got dinged pretty badly in a football game--due to lack of players at his position, he went back into the game and on the very next play received an ACL injury and was out for the year.

Posted by Play Safe
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 1, 2015 at 12:38 pm

If we called concussions "traumatic brain injuries" maybe people would pay more attention. There's a company in Seattle I think called X2 that makes a sensor patch that will cumulatively measure the amount of head impact an athlete experiences. It's used in sports such as football, skiing, hockey, rugby, etc. The NFL players use it and many schools are adopting it -- college and high school.

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