SEC can pull concussed players from game on its own

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Former Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette cited multiple concussions as one reason he ended his playing career.

Former Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette cited multiple concussions as one reason he ended his playing career.

HOOVER, Ala. – An independent SEC medical observer in the instant replay booth will be able to pull a player out of a game for concussion symptoms with “no regrets” and beyond a team’s control this season.

Last year, the SEC experimented in a few games with using an independent medical observer. This year, it will be implemented as a rule in all SEC league games and also SEC home non-conference games. Non-conference teams visiting SEC stadiums can opt out if they choose.

At Tuesday’s SEC Media Days session, SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said the medical observer will rely on video from the replay booth to determine if a player shows concussion symptoms.

If a player looks woozy or disoriented and remains in the game, the medical observer will have the authority…

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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