Wentz Becomes a Model for All Athletes to Follow
By Ken Reed
Early in the Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Carson Wentz suffered a concussion.
However, nobody — doctors, trainers, coaches, teammates — noticed any symptoms.
After staying in the game a couple more plays, Wentz told the Eagle’s training staff that he didn’t feel right. He was checked out in the sideline medical tent and then taken to the locker room for further evaluation. It was determined that he had suffered a concussion and he was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
The NFL’s chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said:
“I think what Carson Wentz did is heroic and should be highlighted as an example of how an unbelievably skilled and competitive athlete understands the seriousness of concussion injury and is willing to report it.”
Indeed. Wentz provided an excellent example that all athletes, from the pro level to the youth level, should follow. If you don’t feel right. Get checked out.
“You shouldn’t take chances with a brain injury,” said Sills. “Brain injuries are different than other injuries.”
For sure. The brain is the seat of the personality and the essence of who we are as human beings. Brain injuries are nothing to be messed with. Carson Wentz showed us all what the right thing to do is if one suspects he/she might have a brain injury.
And it doesn’t matter what the stakes of the game are.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
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