Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Conference Updates Concussion Research


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Conference Updates Concussion Research

Doctors Throw Flags On High School Concussions : NPR
by Justin Whitaker, NCAA

"The fifth annual NCAA-Department of Defense Grand Alliance Concussion Conference, presented virtually April 21, featured concussion experts and researchers sharing preliminary and recently published data.

The conference, titled "A New Era of Scientific Collaboration," was hosted by the NCAA Sport Science Institute and U.S. Department of Defense, in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Presenters shared updates from the NCAA-DOD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium, the largest concussion and repetitive head impact study in history, which received a $46.65 million award in October to launch its next phase.

>> Situational Awareness: "The NCAA-DOD Grand Alliance Concussion Conference was a free-to-attend forum to share emerging information with athletic trainers, team physicians, sports medicine clinicians and athletics health care administrators from NCAA member schools. Stakeholders from military medical facilities and others who oversee and manage sport-related concussion and repetitive head impacts also participated."

>> What They're Saying: "We're proud of the research gained through the NCAA-DOD Grand Alliance, including the CARE Consortium, the Mind Matters Challenge, and now the long-term CARE-SALTOS Integrated Study," NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline said. "Our goal is to continue to learn more about concussion and head impact exposure, which translates into valuable knowledge for the physicians and athletic trainers who are charged with providing care to student-athletes and service academy cadets."

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2. "She Can't Stand to Lose"
Photo by Beth Merritt/George Fox University
by Dan Brood, SB Live / photo by Beth Merritt

"It’s a simple formula. 

But it’s one that’s worked well — extremely well — for Ashley Davis.

Work hard.

Stay focused.

Keep improving — really improving — year by year, each and every year.

Enjoy many, many victories and have many accolades come your way."

>> Field Awareness: "At Tigard (High School), Davis went from being just a part-time varsity player as a freshman to being named the Class 6A Pitcher of the Year when she was a senior. At George Fox, Davis went from being a freshman who was one of four pitchers to start for the Bruins, while she tried to adjust to college softball, to, as a junior, being named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year. This season, Davis’ senior year at George Fox, she’s taking things even a step higher, as Davis, in regular-season play, was the NCAA Division III leader — for the entire country — in pitching victories."

>> The Big Picture: “I was in between choosing a few majors, but I was leaning toward nursing, and that eliminated a couple of (college) choices,” Davis said. “I like being at a D3 school that is willing to let you take nursing courses. I also have a faith background. I love the campus, and I talked to (George Fox head coach) Jessica (Hollen) and I really like how she runs the program.”

>> Reality Check: “Finding a balance between nursing and softball this year has been big,” Davis said. “I’m better when I’m busier. That keeps me focused on both areas.”

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3.   Easy as 1-2-3

Jacob Charon, Lawrence / photo by Paul Wilke

It is still Marietta, Eastern Connecticut and Birmingham-Southern 1-2-3 in the latest poll. Rowan jumped three spots to No. 4 and Salisbury rejoined the top 10, replacing Cortland.

  1. Marietta (25), 35-3
  2. Eastern Connecticut, 32-3
  3. Birmingham-Southern, 36-8
  4. Rowan, 30-6
  5. LaGrange, 32-6
  6. Lynchburg, 32-8
  7. UW-Whitewater, 27-6
  8. Webster, 30-5
  9. Arcadia, 34-6
  10. Salisbury, 26-8

>> Conference Standings

>> Slugging Percentage: Ryan McCarty (PSU Abington) 1209, Jacob Charon (Lawrence) 950, Jack Thomson (Lewis & Clark) 946, Justin Bowers (CNU), 929, Kyle Schroelder (Crown) 923

>> Saves: Ethan Peters (Loras) 12, Sam Mathews (Marietta) 12, Grayson Thurman (Lynchburg) 11, Christian Bascunan (Rowan) 10, Orion Drymond (Texas-Dallas) 10

Games We're Watching
  • THU-FRI: No. 17 La Verne vs. No. 19 Chapman
>> Complete Poll

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    4. Top Eight Remain in Place

    Noelle Ruschil, Middlebury | photo by Will Costello

    The top eight teams remained in place in this week's NFCA poll. Berry moved into the top 10, replacing Birmingham-Southern.

    1. Christopher Newport (10), 35-1
    2. Salisbury, 34-4
    3. Texas Lutheran, 38-4
    4. Eastern Connecticut, 34-4
    5. Belhaven, 34-5
    6. DePauw, 31-7
    7. Linfield, 36-7
    8. East Texas Baptist, 30-8
    9. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 31-9
    10. Berry, 29-11

    >> Slugging Percentage: Noelle Ruschil (MIddlebury) 1112, Abby Mace (Salisbury) 1073, Haley Ullrich (Alma) 1069, Kaitlyn Hasty (CNU) 1050, Jordan Day (Lesley) 990

    >> Victories: Kayla Simacek (Bethel) 28, Cami Henry (DePauw) 23, Maddie Castiliego (Simmons) 23, Taya Kelley (Linfield) 22, Ashley Davis (George Fox) 22

    Conference Tournaments We're Watching
    • ASC: #5 Belhaven, #8 East Texas Baptist, #9 Mary Hardin-Baylor
    • C2C: #1 Christopher Newport, #2 Salisbury

    >> Complete Poll

    5.   Lightning Round  



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