Breaking The Bystander Effect in Sports Concussions

Why every team needs a "Concussion Coordinator." Post published by Harry Kerasidis M.D. on Jul 24, 2015 in Brain Trauma,

We’re all guilty. We observe a hard hit, followed by unusual movements that may tip off even the untrained eye of a possible concussion. But we sit still. We say nothing. Maybe a cringe or gasp is the only thing we offer.

But inside, our thoughts scream, “IS THAT PLAYER OK?”

Instead of alerting medical personnel or athletic training staff, the sports fans almost always succumb to “The Bystander Effect (link is external).” It’s defined as “…apathy, a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present.”

With possible concussions on the line, The Bystander Effect could be a phenomena with life and death hanging on every word or action — as well as those not being said or done.

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