At WBHM’s Issues and Ales: Concussions and the Price of Playing Football, former UAB quarterback and NFL veteran Kevin Drake answers some audience questions that the panelists didn’t get to address in the discussion.
Drake is the program director for the Wise Up Initiative, and he says one of the biggest problems with concussions is that too many go under the radar.
“That’s obviously a big issue,” Drake said, “and hopefully we’ll narrow that down.”
Drake also answered a question about doctor qualifications for concussion diagnosis.
“It has to be a doctor that is trained and educated in concussions,” he said, “and that needs to happen across the board and that’s only in high school, that’s not only in youth. If you suffered a concussion you need to go to someone who has been trained in the field of concussions.”
In Alabama, football is a way of life. But after recent revelations about the dangers of football-related head injuries, players and parents are reconsidering their involvement. How are health concerns changing who plays football? How does it change the culture around football, and what will it mean for the future of the sport? Hear highlights from our Issues and Ales panel discussion, Issues and Ales: Concussions and the Price of Playing Football.
At WBHM’s Issues and Ales: Concussions and the Price of Playing Football, Bobby Humphrey, former running back for the University of Alabama, the Denver Broncos, and the Miami Dolphins; and Reginald Greene, former offensive tackle for North Alabama and Florence, answers some audience questions that the panelists didn’t get to address in the discussion. Humphrey addressed how […]
On Thursday, WBHM gathered a panel of doctors, former football players and concussion experts at Workplay for the annual Issues and Ales. Andrew Yeager led the panel and opened up the end of each session for audience questions. You can listen to the discussion on the air on Wednesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. […]
Football players suffer the highest concussion rates among athletes. But players of the “other football,” soccer, also experience a notable number of concussions. It’s a sport where most players don’t wear protective headgear. But that’s changing as parents look for ways to protect their kids.
More and more people are learning about the risks contact sports pose to the brain. So even here in football-loving Alabama, parents and young athletes are wrestling with a serious dilemma, one that could affect them decades later: to play or not to play. To help parents facing that decision, WBHM’s Dan Carsen got some […]