Questions Are Raised over The Concussion of Houston Texas Quarterback Tom Savage
The terrible legacy of concussions has haunted the NFL in recent years. Despite all the publicity and moves to improve safety, the handling of the concussion of Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage raises more questions.
Savage was allowed to re-enter a football game after taking a blow to the head that left him on the ground twitching, reported the Washington Post.
The NFL and NFL Player’s Association have a policy by which they jointly probe any potential violations of the concussion protocols in professional football and determine whether they believe a violation occurred. The NFL can impose disciplinary measures on any violations, if the league believes that is warranted.
Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs confirmed a review on whether any protocols were breached was underway.
The high-profile incident on Saturday sparked a widespread outcry. For years now professional and school athletes have been instructed not to return to a game after a blow to the head.
Savage was cleared to return to the game with the San Francisco 49ers for one series after sustaining a concussion, raising fundamental and worrying questions about the NFL’s procedure for evaluating such injuries during games.
The Concussion of Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage and Its Worrying Consequences
Chris Nowinski, the founding CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation said on Twitter he was “disgusted” with the Texans for allowing Tom Savage to return to the game with signs of a “horrifying” concussion.
Nowinski said he would not let his worst enemy go through the 2017 NFL sideline concussion protocol.
Lockhart defended the league’s procedures for identifying concussions but said there is an ongoing effort to improve the protocol.
The issue is not just about protocols and procedures. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers are well aware of the serious life-threatening implications of a concussion.
We have in the past highlighted the link between sports-related concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
CTE has been linked to a spate of suicides in football players, some in their early 20s.
Each year, there are as many as 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions related to sports and other recreational activities in the United States.
This is a massive number. If coaches fail to take players off the field of play they can end up with extremely serious injuries. If you have suffered a concussion in a car accident or during a sports game and improper procedure was followed, please call our Hampton Roads, Virginia injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.