Sports safety standards help guard against head injury complications
David Moore September 4, 2013 | WGVUPut simply, the law requires
that any young person who sustains or is suspected of sustaining a head injury to
bepulled from play or practice
immediately and a doctor notified. Laura
Rowen is an Injury Prevention Consultant with the Michigan Department of
Community Health and says that means a paradigm shift on the part of coaches to
tell their young charges that it’s OK to call time out. Rowen said “That has been the way kids have
been encouraged to engage traditionally is to tough it out and get back in
there.But the risks are real of
continuing to play when a brain injury is suspected.”
The law provides that coaches
and sports officials be trained on the symptoms of concussion so they know what
to look for.
Rowen says the law covers
not only school sports, but any kind of situation where kids are playing in a sponsored
She adds once a player is pulled, they need a doctor’s written
clearance to resume playing.
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