Travis Gupton: Let’s talk about concussions
Published 10:49 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2022
If you were like me and watched the Miami Dolphins game where Tua Tagovailoa got hurt a couple of Sundays ago, you probably felt like me and were worried about his health and worried about what happened to him. When I found out about the concussion I personally felt upset that the entire Dolphins organization turned a blind eye to something that now should be easy to catch. I used to play football at the high school level in Tennessee. I have had multiple concussions and I can say personally that it is possible to have a concussion and still pass concussion protocol. The test is not anything too difficult. That being said, there needs to be a way to get away from the test and find a way to test for a concussion that is more solid and not as easily passed. Tua is an athlete and I understand wanting to play with the team and wanting to lead your team. However, the hit he took a couple of Sundays ago could have done a lot more damage if it was a harder hit. He is lucky that he is going to still be able to play in the NFL. Concussions are dangerous and they should not be messed with. It’s not safe to drive a car with a concussion let alone playing professional football. I think it is so important that not only the NFL but college and high school football get together and come up with a way to make concussion protocol more ironclad. I don’t honestly know what that would look like but it needs to happen. I remember one time I was in a game and I got hit in the head on a play. I didn’t have a concussion but my coach said I was done for the game. It wasn’t until after the game that I started having symptoms showing a concussion. I wonder if the possible answer is if you have to enter concussion protocol in a game that you sit out for the remainder of the game.
Again I don’t know the right answer, but I know that after the hit on Tua there will be a lot of talk about concussions, as there should be, and how to make the game that we love safer for those who play it.