If you have followed the NFL at all in the last few years, you know that concussions have become a very big deal. If you play Fantasy Football, you know that a concussion to one of your players could be the kiss of death to your Fantasy Championship dreams. That player may still be able to run, jump, catch, or throw, but he will not be able to return to the field until he is cleared. Five years ago, that very same player might have been able to return to the very same game or practice in which he was injured. The NFL and other major sporting leagues and associations have begun to crack down on concussions in order to protect the players that are participating in these high impact type of sports. New information is coming out at an alarming rate that shows the impact that concussions have on those who sustain them. Below is a list of the steps that the NFL has taken to reduce the damage done to players who sustain concussions:
Dr. Robert Cantu
The NFL policies relating to concussions are advised by the NFL’s Head, Neck, & Spine Committee. Professional Football Chiropractic is excited to have the opportunity to feature Dr. Robert Cantu, Senior Advisor to the NFL’s Head, Neck, & Spine Committee, at the 6th Annual PFC chiropractic continuing education seminar held in Indianapolis on February 25-26th this year (2012). Dr. Cantu will be covering Concussion Management: Short and Long Term Consequences of Mismanaging A Concussion – Catastrophic and Long Term Outcomes After Traumatic Brain Injury.
While the chiropractors working with NFL and college level teams often have a full complement of medical professionals at each event, most chiropractors involved with lower level sports teams may be the only medical professional at an event. With concussions becoming such as major issue in sports at all levels, this is one lecture you cannot afford to miss as a sports chiropractor.
For those of you working with teams that have coaches who want to learn more about concussions, the CDC and USA Football have teamed up to create an informational PDF file on concussions. More information on concussions can be found at the Center For Disease Control’s concussion page including a quick link to concussion information for the physician and USA Football’s page on Concussion Awareness and Safety which includes videos and links relating to concussions.