There is MADD to protect our children from drunk drivers and we have AMBER Alert to help find our abducted children. But where is the outrage against sending these children onto the battlefield so that the networks can make millions?
Concussion is critically important to understand, prevent, and manage. Continued research, education, and advocacy are essential to that end. But concussion does not single-handedly determine an athlete's health and well-being.
Riding a bike has a very important place in our culture. Kids love it; it's a great way to commute; it's a lifelong sport with an emphatic community focused on health, friendships, and family; and it's really fun. Accidents happen in cycling, as with any other sport.
As kids return to school and embark upon a new school sport season, stories like Tracy's have put MTBIs -- as well as other sports-related injuries -- at the center of a debate that asks whether the price of getting hurt for the game is too high.
Concussions in children and adolescents over 10 years of age are more likely to occur in organized sports than other activities. It is sometimes amazing that our children survive their early childhood.
Athletes are largely in denial about their physical condition. From the days of Pop Warner and Little League they accept the fact that pain and injury are part of the game -- they play under all circumstances and fear being seen as a "training room player."
The NHL can keep their heads in the sand as long as they like -- who am I to tell them what to do? Meanwhile, their stars, their raison d'etre, are losing their futures, and in some cases, their lives.