‘Don’t Tell Coach’: Playing Through Concussions
A recently released report found a “culture of resistance” among high school and college athletes who are sometimes too quick to shrug off the effects of concussions.
The study by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council made recommendations that included bolstering research, collecting data, examining injury protocols and educating the public. It found that young athletes resist self-reporting concussions and compliance with concussion management plans.
In May, a Cincinnati Children’s study of high school football players found that more than 75 percent could identify the symptoms of a concussion, including headaches, dizziness and sensitivity to light and sound. And 92 percent of the players knew they risked serious injury if they returned to the field too quickly after a concussion. Yet only 54 percent said they would report such symptoms to their coach, and 53 percent said that even if they had a headache from an injury, they would continue to play.