Concussion protocol and prevention hit a fever pitch between 2013-2016 as professional leagues sought to create better best-practices and defend lawsuits.
In 2006, West Virginia University medical students were working with high school football teams using high-tech concussion protocol tools developed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Here’s that story as it appeared in The [Martinsburg, W.Va.] Journal on Nov. 7, 2006:
ImPACTing football: WVU medical students conduct study on concussions
By Charles Schelle / Journal Staff Writer
MARTINSBURG — Athletes know the drill after they get their noggin hit: “What’s the score? How many fingers am I holding up?” If players answer correctly, they might get back to action.
But those questions do not hold up, nor do many tools to diagnose concussions, according to a recent study by medical students at the Eastern Division of the WVU Health Sciences Center and Dr. Konrad Nau, family medicine chairman.
“Concussions are one of the more common sports injuries after a sprain ankle, and the management of concussions have undergone a lot of change recently,” Nau says in a telephone interview from a Las Vegas conference.