Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Coaches discussing injuries

It's the policy of Weddington coach Phil Williams, he says, not to discuss his players' injuries. Hence the lack of an update on senior Stephen Efird's condition heading into the Warriors' game against Providence Friday.

It's my understanding that NFL and college teams are required to file accurate public injury reports before each game. This has been going on long before fantasy football was popular.

Local high school teams face no such mandates. So Williams can do whatever he wants. But he is the only coach I have ever worked with over the last few years who refuses to address injuries.

We don't have that luxury. When Efird is taken off the field in an ambulance in front of a capacity crowd at Weddington's home opener, it becomes our duty to report what happened to him and what condition he is in. Just part of the job.

What do you think? Are there other coaches who do as Williams does? Should the N.C. High School athletic Association create a policy to address this? -- Ryan Basen


Anonymous said...

I'd imagine that releasing the health related info for a high school athlete (among others) violates some part of the HIPAA regulations.

Anonymous said...

It's a private matter between the player, coach, family and doctor. When your child misses school, does it get published in the paper?

Anonymous said...

no i dont think he should, i personally have had injuries and only certian people knew, its not up to the whole world to know what is wrong with the player, it maybe personal, or he may be fine and just making opposing teams work harder to figure out whether that athlete will play.