Welcome to this week’s installment of On The Mind Weekly. This week, we’ll be talking about a sports injury podcast, athletes who trick concussion tests, and the possibility that heading a soccer ball is more likely to cause injury for women than for men.
Daily Record – Former West Morris football player turns traumatic brain injury into inspirational podcast
Kevin Saum aspired to be a professional football injury until a traumatic brain injury in 2007 cut his athletic career short. He didn’t abandon the sport entirely, and has been running a podcast called Heads ‘N Tales since September 2015. On the podcast, Saum discusses various topics, including prominent on-field injuries and player safety.
The Washington Post – Athletes can easily trick popular concussion test, study finds
A recent study conducted at Butler University suggests that some student have been deliberately performing on ImPACT tests conducted before their respective sports seasons. The test is intended to create a baseline in order to measure loss in cognitive function after a head injury, and athletes who deliberately underperform on the pre-test could have an easier time fooling a test performed after an injury.
ABC News – Could soccer ‘heading’ lead to greater brain injury for women than men?
According to a study performed by a research team led by Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Dr. Michael Lipton, women may be much more likely than men to receive a head injury as a result of using their head to strike a soccer ball. MRI scans indicate that more brain tissue tends to be affected as a result of ‘heading’ a ball for a woman than for a man. The study, which looked at 98 athletes, is still far from conclusive. All readings so far are preliminary, though they may indicate areas for future study.