After week one, many concerned fans questioned the Eagle’s decision to put two of their players back in the game after they suffered severe head injuries by hard tackles made on the field. After being taken out of the game for good, the players were diagnosed with concussions. The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke with David B. Gealt, DO, Assistant Director of the Concussion Program at Cooper, about the team’s evaluation of its players and their initial missed diagnosis.
“The thing with concussions is, you want to make sure that you don’t miss it because you want to make sure they don’t go back in too soon,” said Gealt. “If you are thinking that someone does have a concussion, then you obviously want to be on the more conservative side and keep them out until you figure out what’s going on.”
Dr. Gealt was also featured in a segment on NBC10 in regards to this topic; and R. Roberts Franks, DO, Director, Concussion Program at Cooper and Assistant Director of Sports Medicine, was featured on a segment for 6ABC, and answered questions live in-studio with FOX29 news.