Ed-vise: Be Honest

A Halloween decorations up GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, Forward Ambulation this morning saw many houses with the Halloween decorations out in force! Love that in a town such as this so many are willing to show support for a Pagan holiday!

Technically Talking Tuesday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s TUESDAY…Technically!

Still talking about Tua (Miami QB).

In the NFL Concussion Protocol found at the nfl.com website, the symptoms of a concussion are laid out. Many of which were shown by Tua on camera that particular Sunday. Again, that is from the perspective of an outside viewer.

Now, the question becomes: how did he get back into the game?

The protocol has a few factors that make clear that if any of them are present, the player is removed from play. The factors are as follows:

  1. Loss of Consciousness. On Sunday, that did not happen. It did not seem that Tua had any loss of consciousness at all. That doesn’t mean he knew where he was. He just didn’t lose consciousness.
  2. Confusion. Can’t say
  3. Amnesia. Again, can’t say.
  4. Gross Motor Instability, identified in the judgment of the Club medical staff in consultation with the sideline unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant, who observe teh player’s behavior, have access to the player’s relevant history and are able to rule out an orthopedic cause for any observed instability.

That last one is the biggy. Reports coming out from Miami were saying that Tua was convincing the doctors that it his stumble was from an ankle injury or a back injury.

See, a concussion is an injury at the cell level of the brain. It really cannot be detected by x-ray or MRI or CT scans. It’s a pain in the ass injury to diagnose. It really does rely on the sufferer to honestly say what the symptoms are.

I observed the action that sent Tua in to get checked for a concussion. I watched his actions as he got up off the turf. I saw his head hit and saw him stagger around, fall, get back up and stumble around again. At that immediate time, would I say “concussion?” Heat of the moment lots on the line.

Hind sight being 20/20, it is easy for us to say “yes, he had a concussion.” Super easy especially with everyone saying so. At that time though, in that very moment, with so many things on the line, I would challenge that it would be VERY hard to say “concussion” especially if the athlete is telling you “I’m Fine.” Technically he’s actually lying to you.

In Iraq, we had an episode where one of our soldier’s vehicles was blown up. Basically he was thrown out of the top of the turret and the vehicle was blown sideways. When he came back to the unit we asked if he was going to get a Purple Heart. He told us no because he didn’t have a concussion. I asked him if he remembered anything about the event. He said he didn’t remember anything up until he woke up in the hospital. We told him “THAT’S A CONCUSSION!” Now go get your Purple Heart!

Look, the point is this: BE HONEST!

If you sustain a head injury, BE HONEST about it. BE HONEST about the pain you feel. BE HONEST if you cannot remember stuff. BE HONEST if you lost consciousness. BE HONEST BE HONEST BE HONEST! ESPECIALLY when it comes to treatment.

You are not doing your team any good if you are not 100%. If your head has been injured, so much so that you saw stars and hear “Ringing” in your ears: YOU HAVE A CONCUSSION! Get it checked out and get it solved. BEFORE it becomes an even bigger deal!

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember if eating deli meat is killing you, you will need to…QUIT COLD TURKEY! HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA…NEVER!


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