June 26, 2012 | Science
Mind Your Gray Matter
Severe head trauma in sports was once a minor concern. Athletes got “dinged,” or got “their bells rung.” Now the discussion is serious: concussions can result in brain injuries, especially for young people. Scientists are documenting the risks of extreme shocks to the head, leading the NFL and the NHL to crackdown. Even little leagues are changing their rules to better protect players. Tuesday on RadioWest guest host John Daley explores changes in the understanding and treatment of sports-related concussions.
- Peter Keating is a senior writer at E-S-P-N the Magazine, where he covers investigative and financial stories. His work on concussions in football has earned him numerous awards.
- Dr. Kim Gorgens is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She’s also the past chair of the State of Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board and a member of the Brain Injury Legislative Collaborative, also in Colorado.