There is so much we don't know about head injuries and concussions, it seems best to err on the side of caution. I also worry about putting the "play/not to play" decision on the coach and player. They are tough, competitive people. They are always going to play. That is why it should not be their calls. It should be a medical decision. Based on the solid reporting by Michael Sullivan, it appears the Rouse decision was handled under BC's current protocol.
Got clarification on the BC concussion policy: coaching staff has no bearing on the clearance of players, only BC's medical staff.— Michael Sullivan (@SullyHeights) September 26, 2015
To be allowed back in the game, Rouse must have passed every test that the medical staff gave him.— Michael Sullivan (@SullyHeights) September 26, 2015
Should any BC player take the field after a head injury? I am not a medical expert, but I would like to see the issue examined further. However, I am glad that there is a policy and that the coach doesn't influence it.Evaluation by a medical staff for a head injury automatically prompts an arbitrary questionable/doubtful response in the press box— Michael Sullivan (@SullyHeights) September 26, 2015