As we finalise data collection in Germany, the HITG project goes west – to the Netherlands. With ambassador Leonne Stentler, former Dutch national team player, and the VU University medical centre as our partners, we are excited to tackle our next and final data collection phase.
Last week the HITG team published an important review on the risk of concussions and other head injuries in elite level contact sports. Specifically, we compared the number and characteristics of head injuries in football, ice hockey, rugby and American football. We also analysed whether concussions are more frequent in male or female players. After screening 7673 articles, these are our key findings.
We are excited to announce the launch of our questionnaire study in the USA. Moreover, our partner U.S. Soccer has just released a campaign on concussion awareness. It highlights the importance of detecting concussions and managing return to play.
Last weekend the 5th IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in sport took place in Monaco. The HITG team was represented by Professor Jiří Dvořák, Dr Evert Verhagen and Annika Prien.
About two month ago the german movie project “DIE NORM – Ist dabei sein wirklich alles?” started playing in cinemas. The movie is part of a multimedia project that followed select German athletes during their preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport took place in Berlin last month. Almost the entire Head in the Game team took part, contributing with various presentations to the conference. Among other studies, we presented our analysis of 17 years of injury data on the frequency and characteristics of head and neck injuries in elite football. Here are some of the most interesting results.
In November 2009 the devastating news about the suicide of former national team goalkeeper Robert Enke shocked the world. Enke had been suffering from depression for years, but had kept it a secret from the public and his team. Following this tragedy the topic of mental health in elite sport received increased attention in the media and it was speculated that the distinct features of a professional sports career may constitute a risk factor. But are these speculations warranted?
In this TED talk brain researcher and former football player David Camarillo gives interesting insights into the mechanisms of concussions. What happens during a concussion really — and why can’t standard sports helmets prevent it? How could concussions be prevented in the future based on these new findings?
What inspires elite athletes to keep competing despite injury? Is a medal or making it to a final worth the pain? Which health related consequences may such behaviour entail?
Cindy Parlow Cone is a retired American soccer player and a 9-year member of the USA Women’s National Soccer Team, winning 2 Olympic gold medals, an Olympic silver medal, and a Women’s World Cup Championship. In 2006, she announced her retirement from international play, due to post-concussion syndrome. Now she has joined forces with the Head in the Game Project to pursue the question of the potential long-term consequences of concussions in elite football.