In football, though, playing through pain is part of the job. If the doctor says you're ok too play then you're expected to play. In any workplace, there is a certain level of pain, discomfort, or even injury that you're expected to manage and still get your job done. It's just different from one workplace to the next. I agree that the student's well being should be the priority. That's where the doctors come in, though. It's their job to make the determination of whether or not further harm can be done to a player. IF anyone screwed up here, then it was the doctors. I certainly don't know nearly enough about exactly what happened (or exactly what is supposed to happen) to make a determination about that.