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OPINION | Leave the Diagnosis to the Experts

Saturday 07.02.2015
Team Talk Mag
Club


The proper diagnosis and treatment of concussion has been doing the rounds for a few months now with all means of experts and a few ’know it all’s’ adding their thoughts to the discussion.  A case in point has been the reaction to Sean Cavanagh’s head injury on Saturday night at Healy Park.  The fact that Cavanagh wasn’t removed immediately from the field of play has caused plenty of consternation amongst some very ill informed journalists trying hard to fill up a column inch or two.

It would appear that Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was a little unfortunate that so many people jumped on his use of the words “mild concussion” when he described the injury to Sean.  Tyrone were later forced to release a statement to redress the backlash of allowing Sean to stay on the field.  In the statement released by PRO Eunan Lindsey on Tuesday night they said that Cavanagh “was immediately assessed for any evidence of concussion. On the pitch Sean was alert and reported no symptoms. He was able to answer all Maddock’s questions confirming he was fully orientated. At half time he was reassessed and passed full SCAT3 evaluation.”

From a non-medical experts point of view it would appear that Tyrone’s chief physio and doctor carried out a very thorough assessment of the situation and dealt with the matter very professionally.  Tyrone’s team doctor is Liz O’Hanlon who is secretary of the Gaelic Games Doctors Association.  When it comes to diagnosing concussion she knows what she is doing.

It’s been pointed out that Mickey Harte cannot be accused of having a relaxed attitude on the whole issue of concussion.  After all Peter Harte was left out of the panel on Saturday because he sustained a head injury in the final of the McKenna Cup.  It’s just a pity some pundits and armchair experts decided to have a go at the Tyrone management before furnishing themselves with the facts.  Thankfully an expert like Dr Liz O’Hanlon is in the right place and providing the best possible advice for the players of Tyrone on a weekly basis.

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