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USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan wondered aloud in a column this week whether football would have made it as a sport if invented today? Her answer seemed to be, probably not because of the safety issue, especaily as it relates to concussions.
One of the most vexing issues to Brennan is the lack of athletic trainers.
“Only 37 percent of U.S. public high schools have full-time athletic trainers, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association,” wrote Brennan.
“This means that thousands of high school football games go on every year without a certified athletic trainer anywhere nearby. So when a young athlete can’t get up after a hard hit or wobbles over to the sideline, clearly in trouble, a trained professional isn’t there to help him.
“We know why this is. Our public schools are slashing their budgets. Where’s the line item for the new athletic trainer? It doesn’t exist.
“But what kind of society allows a vast majority of its children at public schools to play such a rough and violent sport without any semblance of a safety net?”
(Editor’s note: What follows is a briieif summary of an article in the latest issues of Concussion Litigation Reporter)
A school district in the Midwestern United States will stay with a chiropractor, instead of moving to a certified athletic trainer, even though the state’s high school activities association has strongly recommended districts employ a certified athletic trainer, primarily to address the concussion issue.
Back in January, the district first noted that it was considering the possibility of hiring a trainer.
There are some liability concerns, according to the superintendent. He added that he needed to re-evaluate services provided as well as that liability.
He elaboratedm boting that there’s liability in severe cases. This could come into play in a “crisis-type” situation, where a player suffers a severe concussion. If the district did not provide proper and/or immediate care, which could have been delivered by a certified athletic trainer as the association recommended, will the district be liable?
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Massachusetts state officials have made adjustments to a 2010 law that requires athletic directors and other administrators to turn in reports about head injuries.
The changes, which included simplifying the report forms, were made after just one-third of the state’s schools met the requirements of the state’s concussion law last year for submitting the form by August 31.
Carlene Pavlos, interim director of the state Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, told the Boston Globe that “it was clear that a number of the schools didn’t really understand what the form was asking.”
Athletic Business Magazine further reported specifically that the data for the 213 schools that submitted the report for the 2011-12 school year showed that there were 3,450 head injuries.
That number, according to Pavlos, is expected to rise in coming years because of greater awareness and reporting.