Rams Did Not Initiate Concussion Protocol for Quarterback Case Keenum; NFL Investigating

In Sunday's game between the St. Louis Rams and Baltimore Ravens, Quarterback Case Keenum was slammed to the ground late in the game, hitting his head and having visible difficulties immediately. The team did not initiate the concussion protocol and Keenum remained in the game. Subsequently, the NFL has initiated a review of what occurred and plans to review concussion protocol procedures with teams.

Minnesota Doctors Call for Ban on Football

And so it begins. Two doctors in Minnesota have called for a ban on football for public schools. They believe that the recently released American Academy of Pediatrics youth tackling guidelines do not go far enough to protect players.

Two College Quarterbacks Removed from Play Due to Concussion in Saturday's Games

Quarterbacks Luke Falk of Washington State University (WSU) and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma sustained concussions and were removed from the game. Falk lost consciousness momentarily and was removed from the field on a stretcher. In the Oklahoma game, Mayfield sustained a concussion in the first half, was checked by doctors and tested using the concussion protocol, but continued playing for three series. At halftime, he admitted he had a headache and was removed from play.

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Support Options

It's Ok to need help or assistance if you're dealing with a recovery or are a caregiver. It's common for concussees to feel alone, or that they're the only one dealing with such a situation. That's not the case. You're not alone.

I've pulled together many resources for help, both online and in-person. Here's a link to the comprehensive spreadsheet:

AllConcussion Big List of concussion support resources
The Big List: AllConcussion.com - Support Groups, Online Forums, and 24/7 Help Lines


In Crisis?

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255If you feel that you need assistance right now, please visit this website or call this number:


Concussion Symptoms

Important: A concussion can change in the first several days. Even if you've been cleared by a doctor or an emergency room, symptoms could change and worsen. If you have any questions or are wondering if you should call a doctor or go to the emergency room, review the information on the CDC site to help make that determination. If you are a teen and are wondering what to do, tell someone: a parent, caregiver, family member, friend, coach, teacher or someone else. CDC link: CDC: Concussion Danger Signs.

- Posted in memory of Rowan Stringer

Diffuse Axonal Injury


NPR: Concussions Can Be More Likely in Practices than in Games

Domestic Violence and Assault

Assaults can result in a concussion or TBI. If you receive such an injury, please seek medical assistance. Remember that a concussion can change over a period of several days. So even if you're Ok in the first 24 hours, it might not be the case over the next 48 hours. Symptoms could worsen. For information about what to look for and when to seek medical assistance, see the CDC information about concussion signs, symptoms, and when to seek medical assistance.

Helplines and Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community