We never expected to hear the word science at a pre-Super Bowl news conference, but we did. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll inadvertently gave a nod to evidence-based medicine with his comment that he supports Commissioner Roger Goodell's message last week that the league could consider medicinal marijuana as a treatment if science proved it could benefit players who have sustained concussions.
There’s been lots of hype over the past year about how to keep players safe and prevent concussions. We would agree with part of Coach Carroll’s comment. At the end of the day, we need scientific evidence to determine the best way to treat players with concussions and other mild head injuries. Only those treatments that improve patient outcomes, based on scientific evidence, should be considered.