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Coaches and players cannot make return to play decisions

The New York Times contains an interesting opinion column today, Time to Remove Coaches From Concussion Decisions, discussing the importance of letting health care professionals rather than players or coaches determine when an athlete should be removed from a game because of a suspected concussion. 

Without a doubt, the decision to be removed or to return to play cannot be left to the athlete or the coach who are both vested with conflicts in their decision making and judgment on this important issue.

Here is some of the important opinions contained in the article:

"What sports has to do, though, is remove the coach and the player in deciding if an athlete can return from a blow to the head. Player and coach are driven by adrenaline and by impulse, and are not qualified in medical matters."

"No coach should make that decision with head injury, and no team physician either. Neurologists and other experts studying the brains of deceased soccer players and investigating former boxers, hockey and rugby players and equestrian riders have the same mantra. They would never attempt to fully diagnose on the field the repercussions of what is going on inside the skull of an injured player. A tiny bleed can lead to a clot, and it might take days to develop."





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