It is very clear concussions, and rightfully so, have become a major focus in athletics.

The NFL’s focus on it in recent years, partly because of lawsuits by former players and the tragic deaths of several former players that appear to be linked to head injuries, has pushed the awareness to the forefront of everyone’s mind.

The AIA has been at the forefront to make sure high school athletes are being monitored closely. They are taking baseline tests and trainers are being extra cautious when there is even the slightest sign of a head injury.

Most people think it is essentially a football injury but that’s far from the case.

Just ask Mountain Pointe boys basketball coach Aaron Windler.

The Pride has had two players – LaVonte Benford and Danny Sullivan - miss games this year because of a concussion. It’s the first time in Windler’s coaching career he has ever had a player miss because of a concussion and it happened twice in nine days.

“I never had one,” Windler said. “It is something that is being more prevalent and it’s a good thing. It’s a trickledown effect. It is not something you want to miss on.”

Benford is back and Sullivan might return for Thursday’s game against Brophy.

There was a time they might have never missed any time. While it hurt the Pride’s depth, it aided the players and their needs.

That’s a trend that needs to continue.

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