Illinois Schools Step Up Concussion Care

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Aaron Engel usually only needs to look in a player’s eyes.

“I know most of them well enough, I can just tell,” the Stillman Valley trainer said. “If they have that glossy, glazed look, then that’s the first sign.”

Engel, a certified athletic trainer for Orthopedic Rehab Specialists, is one of dozens of high school trainers in the area whose job is to be the first responder when a head injury occurs. He determines if a player is well enough to return to the game, or if it is something more severe.

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