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Eastern Iowa athletic trainer says player safety is top priority

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HUDSON (KWWL) - Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke is in hot water as more information is coming out about the concussion suffered by his quarterback during Saturday's loss to Minnesota.

Michigan sophomore quarterback Shane Morris took a chilling hit in the match-up against the Gophers. After the hit, he seemed to have trouble even standing up.

His teammates rushed over to help him, but Morris waved off any help from the sideline.

Morris eventually came out of the game, but, in what Michigan called a lack of communication on the sideline, Hoke sent Morris back into the game a couple of plays later, after his backup's helmet came off in a separate play.

NBC Sports reports Hoke said Sunday evening letting Morris continue to play wasn't his decision to make, but many are outraged by his statements saying Hoke abandoned his responsibilities as a head coach.

In Eastern Iowa, concussions are handled differently.

Like many football programs, Hudson High School's chain of command has many links, but when it comes to injuries, its clear who's in charge.

Hudson's athletic trainer Joe Bahnsen says
ultimately its the coaches decision to let athletes play or not, and if any signs or symptoms are noticed the player is ultimately taken out of the game.

Sometimes, though, players just want to tough it out. Hudson's quarterback Dylan Hassman agrees.

"Most of the time they try to stay in. They just don't say anything I guess."

Like Shane Morris --Michigan's sophomore quarterback who sustained not one but two injuries during Saturday's match up against Minnesota.

First, a hit to the ankle, then a hard hit to the head.

Although Morris waved off medical attention, many say Michigan Coach Brady Hoke should have made an executive decision to remove Morris. 

He says it wasn't his decision whether or not the seemingly concussed quarterback should stay in the game.

But at Hudson, their trainer says the exact opposite.

Hassman thinks even at the high school level, concussions cause major problems.

"There's probably a lot of undiagnosed concussions because players just want to play."

Bahnsen says whether its high school or college, player safety should always be a top priority.

"He's a coach and he had a job to do but as far as that goes his player safety should have been his number one concern."

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