Beyond the Headlines: Sports Head Injuries

Show topic: Sports Head Injuries

January 13, 2013
Sports Head Injuries
Co-hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings & Mike Shumann

This week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines" discusses sports head injuries, and their effect on adults and young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are between an estimated 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States every year. The CDC has concluded that sports concussions in the United States have reach epidemic levels.

For young people ages 15 to 24 years old, sports are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury, following only behind motor vehicle crashes.

We'll hear from former local professional football players, a young teen who was struck with a line-drive to the head last year during a baseball game, and a neuropsychologist (and former professional soccer player) who speaks about the documented risks of injuries like these.

You can see a sneak preview of this show here:
Former players talk about head injuries in football

Studio Guests

Jarrod Cooper
Former Safety
Oakland Raiders

Brendan O'Neill
Petaluma National Little League

Dennis O'Neill
Brendan O'Neill's Father

Eric Freitag PSYD
California Concussion Coalition

Ben Lynch
Former San Francisco 49er
Advisory Board
California Concussion Coalition

Additional Information

Saturday, February 9, 2013:
The California Concussion Coalition, along with Kaiser Permanente East Bay
and the Sports Legacy institute, is hosting a symposium titled: "Concussion, What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You"

More information on this at the link:
The mission of the California Concussion Coalition is to work in partnership with other organizations to provide student athletes in the community with the best-in-class resources available to protect them from concussions in sports. We also are committed to providing health care providers with the necessary resources and education to assist them in the prevention, assessment and management of concussions.

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