Audio: Huntington doctor discusses dangers of concussions
With the widespread media coverage of concussions across the major sports, safety regulations have made their way through college and high school athletics.
Over the past year, this epidemic in sports has caught the eye of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Last September, Cuomo signed a bill that requires any student who is believed to have suffered a concussion to be immediately removed from athletic activity. The student can only return to his or her sport after being symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
Cuomo says the purpose is to help protect student-athletes who experience concussions from future health problems while raising awareness to the risks of mild traumatic brain injuries.
In addition, the law mandates that the state education and health departments provide guidelines for recognizing and monitoring concussions, along with protocols for removing students from play and clearing them to return.
Cuomo’s law will become effective July 1.
On Long Island, high schools have attempted to deal with concussion related injuries, but is it enough?
“If there seems to be an intent by another player to actually cause harm, that kind of behavior cannot be accepted anymore in sports,” said Dr. Michael Kennedy of Expert Medical Care in Huntington.
According to Kennedy, officials and owners must take accountability for such actions by expelling these types of players. One of Kennedy’s suggestions for improvement on concussion-related sports injuries is to simply review the play. He said this tactic should be used from the pros to the student-athlete level.
Professionally, big names like NFL legend John Madden oppose implementing strict policies for concussions, since fans feel that it would take away from the nature of the game. However, Kennedy disagrees.
“Let’s get the motorcycles out on a rollerball rink, get rid of protective equipment, and let’s just play to the death,” he said sarcastically.
The following is an interview with Kennedy, who discusses the dangers of concussions and possible methods of treatment.
For personal inquiries regarding Kennedy’s practice, call 631-923-2139 or visit www.ExpertMedicalCare.com.