AUSTIN — The future of Longhorn David Ash remains uncertain — after another concussion during Saturday night’s game against North Texas.
Ash missed most of last season due to concussions as well. Despite following the standard return to play protocols, neurologists and health experts we talked to say there really isn’t any hard and fast number when it comes to how many concussions are too many.
During the week, Juli Castro works as the Director of the Departments of Medicine at Baylor Scott & White Round Rock. The burnt orange memorabilia in her office – including national championship photos under glass – lets you know every Saturday in the fall she’s a passionate Longhorns football fan.
“My family and my friends would tell you that I’m pretty over the top,” said Castro.
She’s been to every home game for decades, including this season’s home opener against North Texas. She saw the hit that ultimately led to the latest concussion for quarterback David Ash.
“I’ve thought about David’s mom, and how I would feel,” said Castro. “As a parent I wouldn’t want to take a risk with my child’s health. There’s no way.”
“As far as knowing when it’s time to pull someone, it’s really hard to know,” said Jeff Tramonte, the Director of Neurology at Baylor Scott & White Round Rock. Tramonte said concussions are cumulative, so more is worse.
“There is no black and white number on three is too many or four is too many,” said Tramonte.
He says other risk factors have to be considered.
“Why are some people more susceptible to concussions,” asked Tramonte “Why do some people have more severe symptoms from the same level of head injury? We just don’t know.”
Tramonte says one thing is crystal clear.
“Concussions seem to be a risk factor for concussions,” he said. “If you’ve had a recent concussion then you’re more likely to have one in the near future.”