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The player, Corey Robinson, is not just any player. He is the son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson and young man who was just elected the Notre Dame student body president in February. Robinson suffered his third concussion in 12 month during spring practice. After consulting with a neurologist, he made his decision.
“After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided not to continue football due to multiple concussions,” Robinson said in a statement. “I couldn’t have come to this difficult personal decision without the incredible support from so many within the Notre Dame football program. I am extremely thankful to Coach Kelly and his staff for the life-changing opportunity to play football at the greatest University in the world. I will continue to help our team as a student assistant and look forward to a great senior season.”
Head Football Coach Brian Kelly added: “This was an extremely tough decision for Corey. He’s such a committed kid to everything he does–whether its academics, football, community service or campus leadership initiatives–that he wanted to finish four-year career on the field. He was so excited to lead a group of young receiver this fall. While that won’t happen in the manner Corey initially intended, he will remain involved with the program on a day-to-day basis as a student assistant. He sets a remarkable example for all our players–not only how to represent yourself on and off the field, but also how working hard through adversity can lead to tremendous success.”
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame highlighted last week the progress made by GE, led by NFF Board Member Jeff Immelt, and the NFL, led by NFF Board Member Roger Goodell, with their $60 million Head Health Initiative, which was launched in March 2013 to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury.
“College football, a sport that has been played 147 years, has never been safer,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “In the past decade, the awareness of brain injuries has become of paramount concern to everybody. This is certainly true with football, but the concern transcends all sports and into all walks of life from the military to everyday activities. College football has taken numerous steps to address the issue, and we are proud that two of our board members have taken leadership roles in expanding that knowledge, which will benefit not only football and other sports but our entire society.”
The latest results came July 23 with the announcement of the six final winners of the $10 million Head Health Challenge I, whose innovations are advancing the understanding and diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury. The winners, who each were among 16 first-round organizations that received $300,000 in initial funding, have been awarded an additional $500,000 each to continue their research. Their breakthrough ideas include: point-of-care blood test to rapidly detect the presence of mild and moderate brain trauma; biomarkers that indicate how the brain reacts following a traumatic brain injury (TBI); and a method to identify which brain areas become disconnected after injury.
“What happened on football fields just has created the character, the foundation of a lot of American competitiveness, which has allowed this country to be successful for so many decades,” said NFF Board Member and GE Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt, who played college football at Dartmouth. “It is such a beautiful game. It is this massive array of strategy, competitiveness, athleticism that I just think it would be the worst tragedy that I could imagine that if we ever allow anything to change this great game.”
By Nick Donovic
Head trauma accounts for up to 30 percent of of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. For those who survive a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the consequences can cause years of/ life-long impairment of memory, thinking, moving, sensation and and emotional function.
Basically, TBIs are never going to be a walk in the park, but as concerned citizens, survivors and champions for loved ones who have experienced a TBI– there are steps we can take to ensure we assess the best course of action to take . . . because every traumatic brain injury deserves the utmost and detailed care, because no two injuries are exactly alike.
An Evaluation Station
Concussions can masquerade or piggyback symptoms of other brain injuries, which can ultimately play a role in the improper diagnosis and treatment of other head injuries. Even the most innocuous injury can turn out to be something more than it originally presented as.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Public Health, there is a step-by-step analysis of the proper way to handle an assess a TBI, whether or not it will be diagnosed as a concussion. First and formost, the NCBI determines injury potential on a scale similar to this:
- Background: this step evaluates the severity and treatment plan of the TBI, while leaving room for proper evolution according to pitfalls that may arise along the way. This step should include the initial plan-of-action for the rehabilitation program best-suited for the injury at-hand.
- Material Methods: No matter the cause of the TBI, science and common sense have both proven that the more hands-on approach that is taken to any realm of sports-related TBI has a higher instance of sustained rehabilitation. Simple exercises involving movement and different means of transport show significant results.
- Blueprint for Brain Injury Health: No matter what the initial, secondary and tertiary diagnosis is for the realm of TBIs, human touch, support and consistent and secondary analysis is essential.
When Love and Injury Collide
Dr. Alexander K. Powers, a pediatric neurosurgeon from Wake Forest Baptist Health notes that treating rare brain injuries may allow his passion and his expertise to align in an uncommon way. According to Wakehealth.com, he grew up playing soccer, baseball, basketball and he rowed crew. Now he gets to straddle both sides of the coin as he supports his children’s athletic endeavors as he supports and tries to minimize damage done by youth sports.
Although more than 1.7 million people injure their brain accidentally each year, 75 percent of them are concussions or other mild injuries. Dr. Powers advocated for the 52,000 people each year who die from more severe complications, and the 275,000 that are hospitalized without optimal treatment.
Powers has also noted that there is a trend in many different positions across many different sports. He notes that proper and effective treatment may depend largely on previously ignored symptoms such as nausea, moodiness, trouble sleeping and even anxiety. As far as teenagers go, that seems like an arsenal of normalcy, which is why parents, coaches and teachers should pay extra attention to shifts in behavior after physical sports interactions.
Attorneys Sansone & Lauber note that, whether a TBI is concussion related, or more or less severe, as many as six percent of TBI related deaths could be preventable. Furthermore, as many as 74 percent of traumas related to hospital errors are preventable, according to the American Medical Association. Although the term preventable doesn’t always mean “negligent,” it never hurts to do the backup work and check into whether or not a patient could be prevented from hurting.