Basketball joins football and hockey with concussion risk

Mike Aaman, a top rebounder with a history of seven concussions, has transferred to Wagner from Rhode Island where he was sidelined. Aaman, known for his aggressive play, was cleared by physicians to return to playing. Rhode Island sports officials allowed Aaman to take on a coaching role after his last concussion, and were willing to maintain his scholarship status. The desire to be a starting player was more important to Aaman who transferred to Wagner where he could return to the lineup.
Much as we’ve seen in football and hockey, coaching staff and players can be slow to accept the realities of concussive injuries. Aaman’s story is not unusual in that context; both coaches and players were willing to overlook risk and long term consequences. Coaches at all levels of competition need to pay attention to sports concussions. We don’t want to see these great athletes suffering from the consequences of concussions before the careers even take off.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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