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OH Chiropractors Could Make Call on Concussions
COLUMBUS -- A provision in bill being considered by the Ohio Senate would allow chiropractors to make the call on allowing student athletes with head injuries to go back into games.
Right now, in Ohio if an athlete has any symptoms of a concussion they cannot return to that game. Most schools have a physician and athletic trainer on the sidelines to make that call.
"Defining head injuries for concussions does take a little bit of training for the difference," said Fairmont athletic trainer Robin Lynch.
Thursday Senate lawmakers are likely to pass a bill that would also give chiropractors the authority to clear a young athlete to return to a game after a head injury. Some physicians say chiropractors do not have the proper training for that responsibility, but Dr. David Heuser says it doesn't matter what kind of doctor is looking at you as long as they are thorough.
"If you're not thorough it really doesn't matter if you're MD or chiropractor an athletic trainer or whatever profession," said Heuser. "It's the thoroughness that lets you recognize the situation."
He says when it comes to the assessment of a head injury they end medical doctors have the same training the only difference is the treatment.
"The training is essentially the same," said Heuser. "Basic science is pretty much going to have the same training where the two professions diverge is where they go into application of treatment medical doctors. Applications are medications or surgeries and with chiropractors it's really more of using sensory input through joints."
Dr. Heuser says if a chiropractor doesn't have experience working with people with traumatic head injuries they would be able to do some coursework on it and be quickly brought up to speed on recognizing concussion signs.
After this week's floor vote, HB 59 will move to a conference committee, where lawmakers from both chambers will put their finishing touches on the budget. The governor must sign the proposal by June 30.
We reached out to local athletic directors on whether or not they would allow chiropractors on the sidelines, they say they will follow whatever recommendations the Senate gives.
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