VIDEO: Baltimore Ravens' Jameel McClain Talks Concussions
Linebacker's advice to young athletes echoes message of Germantown mom whose son died from a concussion.
The team committed a $25,000 per year grant for the next five years to MedStar, which will help fund outreach programs, baseline testing and subsidize testing for Baltimore-area student-athletes.
After the announcement, Patch talked with linebacker Jameel McClain, who had to sit out part of a game during his rookie year after he suffered a concussion.
His advice to young athletes?
"When in doubt, sit it out," McClain told Owings Mills-Reisterstown Patch.
McClain's advice is the same message Germantown mom Kristen Thomson Sheely has been trying to spread. Her son, Frostburg football player Derek Sheely, died from a head injury suffered during practice in 2011. She wants student athletes to be more aware of the symptoms of a brain injury.
“In my heart I don’t think he played through a concussion. I don’t think he knew he had one,” Kristen Sheely told Patch in May.
Earlier this month, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr announced that MCPS was considering a district-wide baseline testing program to identify athletes who suffer concussions and to help determine when or if they should return to the playing field.