Category Archives: Concussions

Michigan’s New Concussion Policy Pays Only Lip Service to ‘Medical Independence’ From Athletic Department

Last month Michigan revised its written concussion protocols, in response to the September 2015 Shane Morris controversy. Those documents correctly exalt the state-of-the-art principle that medical, not athletic, personnel should be the final decision-makers regarding sideline concussion management issues. This … Continue reading

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The Fight Doc in a Lifeguard Chair — State of the Art Football Concussion-Management

A Simple Suggested Paradigm for Football Game Concussion Management: The Fight Doc in a Lifeguard Chair With Unobstructed View and Authority Atul Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto illustrates the potent power of a simple common-sense change: insisting that physicians and other health … Continue reading

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Brandon Bids Brady Bye-Bye

Having been AWOL on player-safety issues, and having taken almost no position on any issue of significance in college sports reform, Michigan AD Brandon set some wheels in motion at 1 a.m. this morning to institute some effective concussion-management protocols, … Continue reading

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To Michigan’s Brandon and Pres. Dr. Schlissel: Will Morris Hit Be Included in $30 Million Concussion Study Run by Michigan?

Michigan AD Brandon’s Un-Serious Approach to Concussion-Management (and College Athletics Reform) The NCAA Constitution claims its core value is protection of the “welfare of the student-athlete.” If that’s true, then Michigan’s handling of Shane Morris’ chin-lifting whomp the other day … Continue reading

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How Rich Rod Should Fight Saban and Bielma “Slow-Down” Rules Proposal

Coach Rich Rodriguez of Arizona is none too pleased about the NCAA Football Rules Committee’s new recommended rule change – which still must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 6 — which would give defenses … Continue reading

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Goodell’s Big Fear Isn’t Losing to Vilma- It’s the NFL’s Staggering Concussion Liability Exposure

Look, even if Roger Goodell loses his “Bounty” case, he still wins. If you believe the news accounts concerning the hearing before Federal Judge Berrigan last Friday, she could barely restrain herself from ruling in favor of the Saints’ Vilma. Judge … Continue reading

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Sloan Sports Conf- Nowinski: 90% of Concussions Undiagnosed; 75% of Football Head Trauma At Practice

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Sat. March 3, 2012. Presenter: Chris Nowinski of the Sports Legacy Institute: How New Concussion Technology Will Force Radical Change in Sports  Nowinski’s presentation was not highly attended, which might have been expected for a largely … Continue reading

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