8/3/18

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.

https://www.dailyrecord.com/story/sports/high-school/football/2018/08/02/kevin-saum-heads-tails-podcast-west-morris/832792002/

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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2018/07/31/athletes-can-easily-trick-popular-concussion-test-study-finds/?utm_term=.d921caba930d

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.

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/soccer-heading-lead-greater-brain-injury-women-men/story?id=56913096

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