As a hockey fan who loves to see stars like Chris Pronger play, it’s always sad to see an athlete suffer a season-ending injury. However, as a medical professional who works every day with people who’ve suffered brain trauma, it’s refreshing to see organized sports taking concussions so seriously.
This article illustrates the multi-faceted approach that must be taken to concussion management with athletes at all levels.
Just five years ago it was practically unheard of for a player to be held out for the rest of the season because of a concussion just 13 games into what can be a 100-plus game season, including the playoffs.
It’s even more surprising and encouraging to see that this decision was made even though Pronger “passed” the computerized concussion test. After witnessing too many athletes battle with chronic post-concussion syndrome ending in a tragic manner, it is incumbent upon athletes, medical professionals, coaches, athletic directors and parents to take every concussion seriously and put the long-term welfare of the individual first and foremost.
We wish Mr. Pronger well in his recovery. While we hope for his eventual return to hockey when he is ready, we know that he needs a highly-functioning brain for his entire life.
This blog post was written by Dr. Richard Temple, vice president of clinical operations at CORE Health Care.