Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best has been on the physically unable to perform list with a concussion. Earlier this week Best underwent a series of tests to reassess his condition and progress. Okay, so what’s the importance?
First of all, with concussions in the news nearly every day now, the potential return of a professional athlete to their sport following a concussion is a big deal. Lots of attention, lots of second guessing.
The one firm, solid and spot on point regarding Best isn’t about when or if he will return to the active roster soon. It’s how Lions head coach Jim Schwartz described concussions today in the Detroit News.
“That’s one thing we all know about concussions — there’s nothing simple about them. It’s not like any other injury. It’s not just a red light or green light; there are a lot of shades in there. We’ll just defer to the people who know the most and wait just like everybody else.”
Exactly. There’s nothing simple about concussion. Every person is different and so is every concussion. Concussions are a complex brain injury – nothing mild or simple about the injury or recovery.
Thank you Coach Schwartz for handling your statement in a very accurate and truthful manner.
Senator John Proos (21st district) introduced the senate bill.
This bill would make provisions for concussion education and make athletes who suffered a concussion required to be cleared by a healthcare professional before returning to activity. There are 35 other states with similar laws in place.
The bill now moves over to the House for voting. Note: There is similar legislation already pending in the HR. Senator John Poos (21st District) introduced the senate bill with supporting testimony from the MHSAA, NFL, BIAMI and the Detroit Lions.
Youth sports concussion education and awareness are essential to ensuring the overall health of our student-athletes. Oakwood Healthcare has been involved in promoting the education/awareness initiative for over a year, joining collaborative forces with several key organizations to do so.
Today, there is legislation being introduced in both the House and Senate to make it mandatory that an athlete see a physician following a concussion and before returning to participation – this is a good thing. 35 other states have already passed into law similar legislation.
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A special thank you goes to Barbara Semakula, MD for leading the charge!