Practical Application of Data: VMG

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Before practice the coach, I should say coaches, wanted a report from me about what I had seen and how the system was going. I showed them the video from the previous day and where on the head the hits were registering for our worst offenders of dropping their heads at contact (verified). I also noted that some of our starters …

Vector Mouthguards – Day 1

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Don’t get to excited, I don’t think I will give you daily updates about the Vector Mouthguards but I do feel that the first day is important on many fronts, including: customer service, supplies, and ease of use out of “box”. I had previously met with the kids individually and emailed the parents to open a line of communication about …

OTL Extra: The Discussion About Girls Tackle Football

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ICYMI, on Wednesday Outside the Lines had a feature on the girls football league and the larger issue of concussions in football. The aired show was very good and good discussion was had by all that included Doug Casa, Jane McManus and one time TCB contributor Matt Chaney. Below is the video of the OTL Extra (third video) of this episode …

It Is Actually Happening, Impact Sensors At My School.

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Over the years I have researched many, tried a few and heard all about impact sensors, and for the time the blog has been going you have all known I have had a “standoffish” approach to them. That is not because I don’t think they may have a place but it is because of what they can actually do and …

Illinois Governor Signs Concussion Bill Into Law – UPDATE

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UPDATED: 15:20, see below… Yesterday Illinois Gov. Rauner signed  SB0007 into law making it Public Act 099-0245 effectively titled Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act bringing a much more robust set of standards when dealing with concussions in Illinois. The bill/law is basically an extension of the IHSA Policies regarding concussions plus some strengthening for player/participant safety. Most notably this law now …

Minutes From First Illinois Advisory Council on Player Safety

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“Welcome to a historic event.” Is how Associate Executive Director, Kurt Gibson opened the first meeting of its kind in Illinois and for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). With the vast majority of the Council present it did not take long for all of us to get to “work”. The Council (which we shortened to PSAC – Player Safety …

Triumph Over Trauma

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In the beginning it was hard to find a lot of people to share real world examples of what I was trying to describe here on the blog. It is one thing to have the knowledge and experience but entirely another to parse that down to something people can grasp and understand. Luckily I happened across a great person and …

May Mailbag

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As the sports season winds down at the high school I am finally getting to the various emails I have received. I do truly enjoy the many stories and questions I get here, often times they are very learned for me; which translates to more information for you the reader. I picked out one such email and gained permission to …

An Understudied Area of TBI

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Although this blog primarily focuses on mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) – concussion – and the ramifications on adolescents there are many segments of society that deal with brain injury. The most severe of this is traumatic brain injury (TBI); the difference at its basics is that there is actual physical findings of damage to the brain itself – a …