Today, in doing it for the kids

I don’t find this either surprising or a good look.

About 19% of college athletic trainers reported in a recent survey that a coach played an athlete who had been deemed “medically out of participation,” according to results released Tuesday by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association that reveal concerns about college coaches having too much influence in medical decision-making.

NATA president Tory Lindley said such actions put athletes at a “major risk.”

“To think that we’re in 2019 and that would still happen is really concerning,” he said. “It should be concerning for everyone involved in that institution. It should certainly be concerning to the parents, and certainly concerning to the athlete.”

No shit.


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15 responses to “Today, in doing it for the kids

  1. The way to handle this is to have a chief medical officer for the athletic programs. All of the training staff and team doctors report to this officer. This person reports directly to the chief medical officer of the institution’s medical school/teaching hospital (if they have one), to a dean of school of public health, or someone similar.

    Coaches should have zero influence over the determination of the availability of athletes for health reasons.


  2. Biggus Rickus

    Of course it happens. The fact that it’s only 19% is actually somewhat encouraging.


  3. Dawg in Austin

    Listened to a podcast the other day with former UGA RB Keith Marshall who was refreshingly honest about his time at UGA, and one thing he advocated for and I agree with is a month off between the end of the season and spring workouts. He said he was really surprised at how little time they had in between (days), especially now that he’s spent time in the NFL, where they have much more down time to allow their bodies to recover. I’d bet if more medical people were involved with these decisions they would agree with Keith.


  4. Kerryon Johnson in the SEC Championship game against us comes to mind. I felt sorry for the kid.


  5. MDDawg

    Those coaches are certainly at fault here, but for those trainers who knew about this and didn’t do anything, aren’t they part of the problem too? I can’t imagine it’s an easy position to be in, to speak up and risk losing your job or keep quiet and watch a kid being put at risk.


    • “I can’t imagine it’s an easy position to be in, to speak up and risk losing your job or keep quiet and watch a kid being put at risk.”

      That’s exactly why a university’s sports medicine staff shouldn’t report to anyone within the athletic department.