Tag:Dr. Samuel J Haraldson
Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:00 pm
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Gary Patterson will yell your concussion away

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last month during a win over SMU, TCU head coach Gary Patterson was caught on camera yelling at a trainer on the sidelines.  Turns out that Patterson wasn't very fond of the trainer's decision to hold running back Ed Wesley out of the game with what he diagnosed as a concussion.  Well that trainer was the team's head physician, and during an interview with American Medical News , he gave us a better idea of what went down on that sideline.

"He was knocked unconscious, and any loss of consciousness is automatically considered a concussion," said Dr. Samuel J. Haraldson. "He had an unsteady gait and a few memory problems.

"Then five or six plays later, I literally was verbally accosted by the coach, screaming at me insanely at the top of his lungs that he doesn't think [Wesley] has a concussion and what right do I have to hold him out,"

Haraldson says that after TCU had taken control of the game, Patterson did come over and offer what he termed a "pseudo-apology."  Of course, a few days later Patterson told ESPN Dallas that as far as he was concerned, Wesley "was fine ten minutes after he got hurt."

It's a problem that isn't just taking place at TCU, either.  Coaches throughout the country are under more pressure to win football games than ever before, and treating concussions so carefully is a new thing in football because we're only know becoming aware of what kind of damage they can do.  Just look at Arkansas, where even though Ryan Mallett suffered a concussion last week against Auburn, he's back practicing and is likely going to play again this Saturday.

That's a decision based on winning football games, not Mallett's personal well-being.

These are supposed to be student -athletes, after all, who aren't being paid to play at the school.  Instead they're being rewarded with a free education, which doesn't mean much if you can't remember anything you learned because your coach is rushing you back onto the field following a concussion.
Hat tip: Doc Saturday
 
 
 
 
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