Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Heading Toward Concussions

NOVEMBER 12, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  Heading Toward Concussions

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe at the 2019 Women's World Cup. She's pledged to posthumously donate her brain to concussion research. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Girls who play soccer are at risk from concussion at nearly the same rate as boys who play football, a new study finds.
By the numbers: Boys who played football had the most concussions — 10 per every 10,000 practices or games — according to the study of 20 sports, published in the journal Pediatrics. Girls who played soccer were next, with concussions occurring in eight per 10,000 instances.
  • The CDC notes that girls have "higher rates of concussion than boys in high school soccer" and that concussions most "commonly occur when an athlete is heading the ball." Per the CDC:
    • About 1 in 3 concussions among girls happens during heading (31%).
    • About 1 in 4 concussions among boys happens during heading (28%).
The big picture: CBS News notes that U.S. women's national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe and retired USWNT players Abby Wambach, Michelle Akers and Brandi Chastain have pledged to posthumously donate their brains for concussion research.
What they're saying: The CDC "HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports" initiative that provides information to coaches, parents and athletes recommends that children aged 10 and younger should not head balls and that 11- to 13-year-olds should limit heading to practices only.
  • It recommends that athletes are taught to avoid collisions to reduce the chances of concussion occurring and that unsafe actions should be avoided, such as making illegal contact.
  • Tripping hazards should be removed and equipment including goalposts should have padding that's in good condition, per the CDC.
>> Go deeper: The NFL is changing how it handles concussions.

- courtesy of Axios

2.  Soccer Championship Fields

The NCAA announced its 64-team fields for the 2019 soccer championships yesterday. The first two rounds will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Host team in bold

Lesley at Messiah; Randolph-Macon vs. Haverford
Trinity TX vs. Pacific Lutheran; Southwestern at Hardin-Simmons
JWU (Providence) at MIT; Williams vs. Gettysburg
John Jay at TCNJ; Tufts vs. Cortland
Webster at Wheaton IL; Case Western vs. Wooster
Monmouth at St. Thomas MN; Ill. Wesleyan vs. UW-Whitewater
Grove City at Ohio Northern; Centre vs. Scranton
Cairn at Carnegie Mellon; Arcadia vs. Swarthmore

Maryville TN at Washington-St. Louis; Adrian vs. UW-Stevens Point
UC Santa Cruz at Cal Lutheran; Emory vs. Claremont-M-S
Pomona-Pitzer vs. St. Scholastica; Concordia WI at Wartburg
Pitt-Greensburg at Chicago; Augsburg vs. Rose-Hulman
Utica at William Smith; Geneseo vs. Mary Washington
U. of New England at Middlebury; Stevens vs. UMass-Boston
PSU Berks at Johns Hopkins; CNU vs. Worcester State
Maine Maritime at Amherst; Dickinson vs. Farmingdale State

>> Printable Bracket

Amherst vs. Thomas; Ithaca at Keene State
Keystone at Mary Washington; Rowan vs. Salve Regina
E. Nazarene at RPI; Middlebury vs. JWU (Providence)
Messiah vs. Framingham State; Babson at Oneonta
W&J at John Carroll; Centre vs. Kalamazoo
Claremont-M-S vs. Texas Lutheran; UT-Dallas at Trinity TX
PSU Harrisburg at F&M; Hobart vs. Montclair State
PSU Behrend at Kenyon; Rochester vs. Hanover

John Jay at Johns Hopkins; Connecticut College vs. Catholic
Eastern at Christopher Newport; Swarthmore vs. Roanoke
SUNY Maritime at Tufts; WPI vs. Nazareth
NC Wesleyan at W&L; Gettysburg vs. Oglethorpe
Chicago vs. Dominican; Ohio Wesleyan at Hope
Principia at Luther; Central vs. UW-Superior
UW-Whitewater at Calvin; Ohio Northern vs. St. Norbert
Pacific Lutheran at North Park; Colorado College vs. Gustavus Adolphus

>> Printable Bracket

3.  Volleyball Championship Field

The NCAA announced its 64-team field for the 2019 women's volleyball championship yesterday. The eight-team regionals will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Regional host in bold.

Notre Dame MD at Emory; Birmingham-Southern vs. Transylvania
Colorado College vs. Whitworth; Berry vs. Maryville TN
Westfield State at Clarkson; Wellesley vs. Brockport
Wesleyan CT vs. St. John Fisher; Ithaca vs. Morrisville State
Dubuque at St. Thomas MN; UW-Stevens Point vs. Augsburg
Saint Benedict vs. UW-Eau Claire; St. Olaf vs. Northwestern-St. Paul
DePauw at Calvin; Ohio Northern vs. Aurora
UT-Dallas vs. Hope; Muskingum vs. Wittenberg

Manhattanville at Johns Hopkins; Stockton vs. PSU Behrend
Carnegie Mellon vs. Stevens; Susquehanna vs. Westminster PA
E. Nazarene at Tufts; Bowdoin vs. Endicott
JWU (Providence) vs. Maine Maritime; Babson vs. UMass Boston
Trinity TX vs. Hunter; Juniata vs. Virginia Wesleyan
Randolph-Macon vs. Marymount; Stevenson at Christopher Newport
Westminster MO at Chicago; Otterbein vs. UW-Whitewater
Claremont-M-S vs. Washington-St. Louis; Carthage vs. Grinnell

>> Printable Bracket


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    4. Polls

    Football - D3Football.com
    1. Mount Union (9-0)
    2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-0)
    3. UW-Whitewater (9-0)
    4. Wheaton, Ill. (9-0)
    5. Muhlenberg (9-0)
    6. North Central (8-1)
    7. Salisbury (8-0)
    8. Saint John's (8-1)
    9. Bethel (8-1)
    10. John Carroll (8-1)
    11-15: Delaware Valley, Wesley, Chapman, Union, Hardin-Simmons.
    16-20: Susquehanna, St. Thomas, Redlands, Linfield, Case Western.
    21-25: Bridgewater, Brockport, Berry, Wartburg, Central.

    >> Hello: Brockport, Central.
    >> Bye-Bye: Ithaca, Texas Lutheran.

    Football - AFCA
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-0)
    2. Mount Union (9-0)
    3. UW-Whitewater (9-0)
    4. Wheaton, Ill. (9-0)
    5. Muhlenberg (9-0)
    6. North Central (8-1)
    7. Salisbury (8-0)
    8. John Carroll (8-1)
    9. Delaware Valley (8-1)
    10. Bethel (8-1)
    11-15: Saint John's, Wesley, Hardin-Simmons, Chapman, Case Western.
    16-20: Union, Linfield, Susquehanna, Wartburg, Berry.
    21-25: St. Thomas, Bridgewater, Redlands, Central, Brockport.

    >> Greetings: Central
    >> So Sorry: Ithaca

    Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO

    1. Norwich (3-0)
    2. Geneseo (3-0-1)
    3. Oswego (3-0)
    4. Augsburg (4-0)
    5. Hobart (tie) (3-0-1)
    6. UW-Stevens Point (tie) (2-2)
    7. Trinity (0-0)
    8. UW-Eau Claire (2-0-1)
    9. Adrian (2-1-1)
    10. St.Norbert (1-3)
    11-15: U. of New England, Utica, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Salve Regina, St. Thomas.

    >> Hello: MSOE, Salve Regina, St. Thomas
    >> Goodbye: UW-Eau Claire, UMass-Boston, Curry

    Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO

    1. Plattsburgh (5-0)
    2. Adrian (3-0)
    3. Elmira (2-0)
    4. UW-River Falls (3-0)
    5. Hamline (1-1-1)
    6. Williams (0-0)
    7. Norwich (0-0)
    8. UW-Eau Claire (3-1)
    9. Gustavus Adolphus (3-0)
    10. Middlebury (0-0)
    >> Welcome: Gustavus
    >> See-Ya: St. Thomas

    5.  Comings and Goings 

    6. #whyD3

    Why do we do Selection Shows in Division III? Ask no more.

    7.  1 Heartfelt Thing

    Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State star Cassius Winston shared a hug with coach Tom Izzo after exiting the court on Sunday, a day after his younger brother Zachary - a sophomore at Albion College - died when he was struck by a train.
    • What they're saying: "Whoever it is — son, daughter, mother, father, wife or husband — it'll do you good to tell them you love them," said Izzo. "Because one morning, you'll wake up and everything's one way, and by 9 o'clock that night, it's another way. And then you don't get a chance to say it." (Watch)
    • Go deeper: A death, a decision, and one day beyond basketball (The Athletic)

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