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NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 6:28 pm
 


By Will Brinson


Ever since Colt McCoy took a shot from James Harrison on Week 14's Thursday night game, suffered a concussion and returned to the field, the rhetoric surrounding the need for an on-hand specialist to monitor potential concussions has been cranked up.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking with CBS Sports James Brown this past Sunday, said he wanted doctors eyeing each game and its players 'at all times.' That will now happen, beginning on Christmas Eve, when the NFL sends certified athletic trainers to each NFL game in order to monitor concussions.

"NFL contacting teams asking them to put a Certified Athletic Trainer in the Press Box for this weekend's game," CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on Tuesday afternoon. "College trainers may be used."


According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the mandatory officials will be paid by the NFL and approved by the NFLPA.

Aiello also said the league will send a memo to all 32 clubs Tuesday or Wednesday to break down the new protocol for using the trainer during the game.

The trainer will be situated in the press box and monitor the entire game while having direct communication to the sideline to ensure that anyone who may have suffered a concussion will receive proper medical treatment.

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Comments

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:19 pm
 

NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

god I can't stand you ATC's who go "you need to call us Athletic Trainer" not "Trainer"  the term "trainer" is dated way back before there was the annoying money waster called the BOC run by a bunch of image conscious douches more concerned on making you follow stupid laws than actually helping the field ATC's job become more efficient. 

We should be called Trainer.  Just like certain military branches call their medical workers names.  Medic, Coprsmen etc.  The english call us Physios.  In a time of an emergency getting out the word Trainer is alot easier then trying to spit out Athletic Trainer.    Think about it.

Maybe ATC's should have copyrighted the term "trainer" instead?



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:37 am
 

NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

Look at the picture, and the look on the boy's face.  I am nowhere near a doctor and even I can tell he doesn't know he is in this world!



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:36 am
 

NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

good thing the NFL changed the kick-off spot to prevent all these concussions.,,,,,


hootyeek
Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:17 am
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Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:15 am
 

NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

Every NFL team has at least 3 certifed athletic trainers. but when you have 53 guys and they are laying at this level you cant have someone on the sideline watching the game the whole time. even the coaches dont watch the entire game they are all busy doing thier job which includes a lot of stuff. having someone up in the booth may be so much better for the commmentators sake. they might actually get a few things right. such as calling us athletic trainers unstead of trainers. also they might know what inury it is rather then guess.




Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:50 am
 

NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

The NHL has had a program in place for over 10 years.  It's about time for the NFL to step and be realistic about this problem.  They are not going to stop concussions from happening, but they will be able to keep players out until they are safe to play again.  And team physicians will objective because they are not going to put at risk their careers just b/c ownership may be unhappy that their "star player" is out with a concussive injury. 



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:47 am
 

NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

a team doctor is not an independant, objective person



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:37 pm
 

NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

So what in the Hell does "Official Team Physician" mean?







I guess he's in charge of abortions and masking agents.







Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:32 pm
 

NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

"How are you feeling?"

Kris Dielman:  "Great coach!  Love to play tackle..."

"Get back in there son.."


"Hey Colt, how many fingers am I holding up?"

Colt McCoy:  "One."

"Your good to go son.."


Embarassed

I don't think the League can keep this "Pop Warner" style of concussion examinations any longer.





Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:49 pm
 

NFL sends concussion-monitoring trainers to games

So, am I assuming that all the trainers employed by all of the teams are not "certified"? Seems kind of risky to me.


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