The PlaySmart StaySmart Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and groups that have made significant contributions toward protecting athletes from concussions. The Hall of Fame also acknowledges those athletes who, through their actions, make athletics safer for themselves or for their teammates.
PlaySmart StaySmart applauds the efforts of World Rugby to keep their players safe. World Rugby takes an extremely proactive stance regarding sports concussion. Their Recognize and Remove Program emphasizes player education and involvement in staying safe on the field.
Check out http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/concussion to look at their phenomenal videos and educational resources.
Fall 2016 —- Kudos to Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner for eliminating kickoffs in youth football. In so doing, he reduces the risks that kids have getting a concussion on the field.
PlaySmart salutes the courage of Kevin Love who took himself out of NBA finals for concussion symptoms after being “cleared” by doctors. Kevin did what we encourage all kids to do — listen to their brain. Sometimes coaches and parents cannot tell what is going on in your head so you have to be your own health advocate
Check out the awesome video games on SportzSafe.com developed by Dr. Hotz of the University of Miami. Learn about concussions in a fun interactive way that are sports specific. These video games make a great gift for any kid athlete on your list.
PlaySmart StaySmart salutes Buffalo Bill’s A.J. Tarpley for his courage in leaving the sport he loves to protect his health. A.J. said, “After months of introspection, I am retiring from football. I suffered the 3rd and 4th concussions of my career this past season and I am walking away from the game I love to preserve my future health. This decision is the hardest I’ve made yet but after much research and contemplation I believe it’s what is best for me going forward. ” A.J. is a role model for us all!
PlaySmart StaySmart congratulates the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) for being one of the few states in the nation to require concussion education for all athletes in all sports . (Virginia is the only other state to do so.) The new concussion education initiative mandates that each student complete a free online course before they are allowed to compete. The course must be completed each season prior to play. Studies have shown that repeated education results in a change of behaviors. You can go to www.nfhslearn.com to complete the course.
- Pittsburgh Steelers Congratulations to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for playing smart in his game against the Seattle Seahawks. With under 3:30 remaining in the fourth quarter and down 32-27, Roethlisberger took a hit while scrambling for the endzone. He suffered a concussion on he play that went undetected by coaches and medical ... Read more...
- Halton District School Board of Canada Our newest member to the Hall of Fame is the Halton District School Board of Canada. This organization is the gold standard of concussion education for students. The Halton Board has implemented mandatory concussion education starting in 9th grade and they are currently expanding their program to begin at the 3rd ... Read more...
- David Ash and Charlie Strong David Ash has had a history of concussions. In the opening game of the Longhorns’ 2014 season, Ash led his team to a 38-7 victory over North Texas, but he suffered a hit to the middle of his head trying to recover a fumble. Later that day, Ash complained to his ... Read more...
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