Ugly Handling of Savage Hit Proves NFL Concussion Policy Still Complete Disaster

Dec 10, 2017
Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage (3) is checked by a referee after he was hit during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Houston. Savage left the game. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

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Ugly Handling of Savage Hit Proves NFL Concussion Policy Still Complete Disaster

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  1. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP
    December 10th, 2017 at 11:16 pm #

    Are sideline sport-related concussion (SRC) evaluations reliable and valid?
    … Sideline concussion evaluations that occur when an athlete is suspected of having suffered a concussion lack reliability and validity. It is IMPOSSIBLE to thoroughly assess the vast amount of potential concussion symptoms via the current sideline or locker room screening approaches (Ryan, 1990). It is also important to be cognizant of the fact that brain injury symptoms MAY ALSO BE DELAYED, and thus not overtly present/observable on the day concussion was sustained.

    There are many faces/symptoms of concussions (Brady, 2004; Brady & Brady, 2011). In addition, the uniqueness of each concussion injury may result in multiple and complex symptoms.

    Furthermore, significantly more concussion symptoms exist that are typically found on various common and limited SRC symptom checklists that I have encountered (Brady, 2017- unpublished manuscript).

    Extreme caution is urged when a SRC is suspected. Thus, an old adage is applicable for athletes: When in doubt…Sit out … from the sport activity.

    Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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