Athletic trainers have been in demand over the past few years, with the rush of states passing youth concussion laws and guidelines for sideline protocols. Trainers in some states are legally required at most college and high school athletic events.
However, those same athletic trainers are not always welcome. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that some college football athletic trainers recently have lost their jobs because of clashes over concussion treatment.
But new research suggests that the medical staffs responsible for protecting college athletes often don’t have the authority to do so.
Nearly half of the major-college football trainers who responded to a recent Chronicle survey say they have felt pressure from football coaches to return concussed players to action before they were medically ready. The respondents included 101 head athletic trainers, head football trainers, and other sports-medicine professionals from the highest rung of college football, the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.