Concussions are harmful, and people get concussions in sports. These facts has been repeated and expounded upon and pounded into the heads of the public for months now.
But through it all, comfort has come in the simple fact that organizations and individuals are working hard to make games progressively safer for the athletes and their heads all the time. However, some have found that more frustrating than comforting, according to ESPN.
Chris Kaman, center for the Dallas Mavericks, suffered a concussion on January 27, and he has since passed the NBA cognitive testing. But his headaches persist, so he’s still being held back from practice and play as a precaution.
Before undergoing those tests, however, he offered comments on the recently-implemented safety measures: “For so many years in the NBA, they never had to do that stuff, and now they come up with all that concussion protocol crap. It's not cool, but it is cool, I guess. It keeps people safe."
He also is said to have called the cognitive screening “the stupidest test ever." Not the most glowing endorsement for head safety precautions. In the above quote, he seemed to catch himself and try to change his tune towards the end of his sentence, but it was too little, too late.
While it frustrates any athlete to have to sit out of games and we sympathize with those who do, bad-mouthing the system trying to protect them and others only sends the message that head injury isn’t important enough to bother with regulations.
That’s a message that could be very dangerous because head injury is serious, and regulations are keeping people safe. Head safety is not a light matter – that’s the belief that GelDefender was founded upon and operates under. And nobody should be treating the issue flippantly, least of all the athletes who are impacted most.