Writer Describes NCAA Concussion Policy as ‘Toothless,’ Points to Arizona-USC Game

One of our readers posted an interesting piece over the weekend on the Forbes.com site that alleged that the University of Arizona sacrificed its quarterback to get a win over its PAC 12 rival, the University of Southern California.

Dan Diamond wrote that in the 4th quarter of the game, “Arizona QB Matt Scott was kicked in the head while sliding during a play. Scott immediately began vomiting on the sidelines, repeatedly, as the game went to commercial.”

“Scott was showing tell-tale signs of concussion, and the NCAA—which is being sued for failing to implement appropriate concussion screening, return-to-play guidelines, and other safety measures—is  pretty clear on what coaches should do next: ‘Take [an athlete] out of play immediately and allow adequate time for evaluation by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.’

“However, well-paid Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff did none of those things. Instead, Scott stayed in the game–and even threw a touchdown pass–before finally going to the sidelines, apparently vomiting again, and being evaluated by trainers for a head injury. Not surprisingly, once Scott was actually forced to undergo a concussion test, he was immediately removed from the game.”

Diamond, who told Concussion Policy and the Law that he has suffered a concussion before, goes on to describe the NCAA policy on concussions as “toothless” and even assails those, who write about the game – “the culture of complicity extends to those who cover the sport.”

To read Dan’s full post, visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2012/10/27/arizona-just-broke-the-ncaas-concussion-policy-will-it-matter/

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