It was good to hear a little bit about the new concussion policy in place for athletes in Robinson. The school board heard from athletic trainer Scott Rawlings about how the new concussion guidelines are working. He explained the new computerized testing in place. He says it is the same testing used by the military and in the NFL.
Concussions have been a hot button injury issue in sports, especially now that we're seeing some of the long term consequences of them. It's good to see that we're getting away from the days where getting your bell rung is something that you just walk off.
Now before the athletes can return to play is after they are symptom free and they can pass the multi-stage test. This helps make sure that they are actually ready to come back. Gone are the days where a concussion means just taking a few days off and then playing again. Just like any injury, different people heal from concussions in different ways. This might mean a longer absence for some players, and that's a good thing.