This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis discusses a change to the wrestling injury time rule to allow for more time to evaluate head and neck injuries.
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Below is this week's segment - More Injury Time - Listen
A new rule in wrestling for the upcoming season allows for additional time to evaluate head and neck injuries.
If an injury occurs involving the head, neck, cervical column and/or nervous system and an appropriate health care professional is present, that caregiver may request the traditional 90 seconds of injury time be extended up to a maximum of five minutes to evaluate the injury. Before that time expires, the wrestler must be ready and able to continue the match or it will be defaulted.
Absent the presence of an appropriate health care professional, all head and neck injuries are subject to the traditional 90 seconds of injury time.
Under the new rule, it is not up to the official to determine if additional time is needed – that is the call of the appropriate health care professional.
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