Florida Gators taking extra precautions with forward Casey Prather following concussions
In the wake of two concussions suffered within a 9-day period, Florida athletic officials are requiring forward Casey Prather to wear protective headear during practices, coach Billy Donovan today.
"I don't think Casey will be eperiencing any more concussions in practice,'' Donovan said. "He's got a helmet on right now. It's not a helmet. You ever see those Everlast sparring (helmets)? That's what he's wearing right now."
Donovan said the helmet was at the suggestion of the team's trainer, and that he's unsure whether it will be required practice gear the remainder of the season. If Prather has his way, it will be for a limited time.
"He's frustrated right now dealing with that because he can't see as well as he'd like to,'' Donovan said. "It's nothing more than precautionary. Obviously with a guy having two consussions as he had so close together, this is the period of time the trainer would like to see him do that. I know he doesn't want to do it, and he's not going to do it in a game. I think it's affected his vision in practice and he's having a hard time seeing. But I think he also understands to get hit again or take a fall and do that, to set himself back again, let's make sure that we do some things to be somewhat precautionary to help him."