News & Events

Feb 3, 2012

CNN Airs Concussion Documentary

Category: General

The Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association (WATA) encourages you to watch CNN on Saturday, February 4, at 7:00 pm CT for the encore presentation of “Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports:  Big Hits, Broken Dreams.” Additional promotional materials regarding the program can be found online.
The WATA would also like to emphasize that the battle to increase awareness and decrease the occurrence of concussion in youth sports has only just begun. Legislation here in Wisconsin is pending - SB 243. The CNN special “Big Hits, Broken Dreams” demonstrates the issues that remain surrounding concussions.  Most importantly, it takes a closer look at what can, and needs to be done to help prevent catastrophic brain injuries from impacting all who are involved with youth sports in America. Specifically, this special highlights the importance of a medical team, led by Certified Athletic Trainers and Physicians trained and specializing in sports medicine, and the invaluable role that this team plays in the prevention and early recognition of concussion and other catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, many athletic activities are conducted without Certified Athletic Trainers or Physicians present. Educational efforts such as the pending legislation will go a long way towards improving the awareness of concussions and the importance of managing them appropriately.
The battle against concussions and catastrophic brain injuries should be proactive, not reactive. A proactive approach designed to deal with brain injuries lies in our efforts to prevent them through education, recognition, and early intervention. We will never be able to prevent every brain injury. However, measures such as the pending legislation and ensuring that the proper personnel and emergency procedures are in place can have an immeasurable impact on preventing those that should not occur, and properly managing those that do occur. 
Should you have any questions regarding the WATA, I would be happy to speak with you at your convenience. More information regarding the WATA can be found online at Thank you for your attention to this matter.