It has recently been reported that the National Football League (NFL) is taking efforts to better educate its game officials on the symptoms of concussions.
Reportedly, while game officials will not be expected to wield the same knowledge on concussions and brain injuries as doctors, the NFL wants its game officials equipped with the know-how to identify signs of a potential concussion to better ensure that players receive proper medical attention when they suffer potential head injuries.
As part of these new efforts, the NFL reportedly included information on concussions in its game officials’ weekly training tapes.
The NFL’s decision to take new efforts to educate game officials on concussions came after a scary incident occurred involving an NFL player and head trauma.
The player reportedly experienced a hit early in the fourth quarter of a game. Reportedly, the player stumbled backwards after this hit. Reportedly, a game official went to the player after this stumbling occurred and the player waved him off.
According to the ESPN article which reported this story, the player remained in the game and did not receive any special medical attention. Reportedly, team doctors were tending to another injured player at the time and did not get a clear view of the above-mentioned hit.
After the game, the player took a flight back home. When the plane landed, he suffered a seizure, presumably from head trauma he sustained from the above-mentioned hit. Reportedly, doctors do not know when the player will return to play.
It will be interesting to see how effective the NFL’s new efforts at educating its game officials about concussion symptoms will be at better ensuring that players receive proper medical care after suffering a potential head injury.