OKEMOS — With girls’ soccer season getting ready to start and football just months away, Okemos High School is trying to prevent and control concussions like never before. Okemos High School Football Head Coach Jack Wallace tries his hardest to make sure his players don’t get concussions during the game and also during practice. “The level of concern is very high for concussions in todays society,” Said Wallace. “My personal level of concern is very high for concussions because they happen so much in contact sports. There are times when players get concussions and were never aware of it before the symptoms let them know they had a concussion.
Over the past decade, there has been an effort to make sports safer. Yet, whether it be non-contact sports or new helmets, there is still going to be a risk of concussion. “Concussions are a serious matter,” said Haslett High School Athletic Director Darin Ferguson. “If we do not protect our athletes then we are not doing a good enough job.”
Ferguson presented the board with information about the new Michigan State Law that will affect all schools and coaches (Michigan Law Public Acts 342 and 343) which has been in effect since June 30 2013. “Haslett already has a concussion protocol,” said Ferguson.
By Alyssa Girardi
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
In an East Lansing High School football game two seasons ago, a quarterback went down after a rough tackle. That hit gave him his first concussion of the game. Unaware of the injury, he took the field a few plays later at cornerback. A head-on tackle raised the count to two concussions on the night and forced him to seek medical help. Memory loss.
By David Topham
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
INGHAM COUNTY—There isn’t anything quite like the brain. It is the most complex and vital organ in the human body. That is why protecting it has become a main priority of the Michigan High School Athletic Association in the past two years. Starting in 2010, the MHSAA launched a five-step protocol all high schools must follow during a contest in which an athlete is believed to have sustained a concussion. The protocol forces any athlete at risk of a concussion to come out of the game and be evaluated.