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Steelers holding concussion awareness press conference Wednesday

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The best sign that the NFL is taking the concussion issue seriously is that the Steelers are taking it seriously.

The Steelers have announced that coach Mike Tomlin and Dr. Micky Collins, the clinical and executive director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, will conduct a press conference at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday to introduce a new program that will provide information on “preventing concussions through safe play and proper tackling techniques, as well as concussion management.”

The specific content of the announcement isn’t known, but it’s encouraging to see one of the league’s high-profile franchises take a prominent role regarding concussions, especially since the Steelers have at times exacerbated by the problem by:  (1) not admitting that a player has a concussion when he has a concussion, using labels like “neck” or “head” or “concussion-like symptoms”; and (2) objected strongly to efforts by the league to eliminate certain types of blows to the head via penalties, fines, and suspensions.

Safety Ryan Clark has vowed to spend less time complaining about the league’s efforts to make the game safer.  Here’s hoping that he was merely passing along words of wisdom that Tomlin has been sharing with his players.

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6 Responses to “Steelers holding concussion awareness press conference Wednesday”
  1. charmcityravens says: Aug 28, 2012 5:31 PM

    Hopefully James Harrison & Ryan Clark are both attentive & listen closely to the proper tackling technique portion of the press conference.

  2. schmitty2 says: Aug 28, 2012 5:53 PM

    The Browns medical staff might want to make a guest appearance

  3. choppinwood says: Aug 28, 2012 6:02 PM

    The Steelers should be applauded for taking
    this initiative that will promote concussion
    awareness and player safety. What I don’t understand
    is the reasoning behind making this article read like a reprimand.

  4. yinzgotsix says: Aug 28, 2012 6:37 PM

    Certain steelers definately need a program on proper tackling technique, they constantly lead with their helmets as if they want to injure their opponents. Makes you think about the whole bounty situation again.

  5. dryzzt23 says: Aug 28, 2012 6:46 PM

    This MUST include a part which implores the players to NOT hide their concussions or symptoms thereof. I can see some player suffer a concussion, then say he’s fine and goes back into the game and suffers more damage, then the same player signs on to the concussion lawsuit.
    The player MUST be held responsible to a high degree, the liability should be exclusively a burden on the team and the NFL.

  6. backindasaddle says: Aug 28, 2012 11:50 PM

    ‘Steelers holding political correctness and corporate lawyer advised CYA press conference Wednesday’

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