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Research Paper: Assisting Professional Basketball Players with Sports-Induced Concussions: A Psychologists’ Primer (March, 2011)

10/15/2012 Leave a comment

Introduction

As a young boy, I am embarrassed to admit that my exposure to the term “concussion” was largely limited to the storylines found in the world of professional wrestling as not a lot of information on the subject was readily available back then.  In fact, it was only during a National Basketball Association (NBA) playoff game in May of last year that I got to see up-close the potential career- and/or life-threatening effects that such an injury could cause.  It was Game 5 of the 2009-2010 Eastern Conference Finals and I can still remember watching a disoriented Boston Celtics basketball player named Glen “Big Baby” Davis struggle to get onto his feet and run down court after a defensive sequence against the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard.

It wasn’t clear what initially happened to the 6’9’’ Boston forward, but replays later showed that it was an inadvertent elbow to the face from the 6’11’’ Magic center that sent Davis crashing to the Amway Arena parquet floor where he stayed for what seemed to be an eternity.  Less than a minute later, a clearly dazed Davis finally collected himself and staggered down court before being caught by NBA referee Joey Crawford.

From the perspective of a spectator—and to some degree the officials, coaches, and teammates—the hit that Davis sustained may have looked negligible given his imposing frame.  But in actuality, a concussion—any concussion—is certainly no laughing matter if you take into consideration its debilitating “neuropsychologic effects” (Kushner, 2001) as well as the possible repercussions that this injury may have to their quality of life (Aldridge, 2003; Starkman, 2007; Parker-Pope, 2008; and Cahill, 2010).

To date, the initial diagnosis and management of concussions falls on team physicians or medical doctors before a “multidisciplinary team of professionals” (e.g., sport psychologists, clinical psychologists, athletic trainers, neurologists, etc.) can intervene (Powell, 2001; Fly, 2011; Krolik, 2011; and Washburn, 2011).  The author adds that before any member of the multidisciplinary team can assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of professional athletes, they must first be made aware what “constitutes a concussion” as well as other forms of treatment and guidelines.

With this in mind, the focus of this research paper is to provide interested psychologists with an overview of concussions, current injury policies, and possible interventions that they can consider when treating a concussed professional athlete.

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Let’s do our part

11/30/2010 Leave a comment

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Logo

A chance encounter

Awhile back, a young woman jumped in my path as I was headed for a meeting at a local mall. She looked at me straight in the eye, smiled, and extended her hand.

The next thing I knew, I was whisked to a table in the corner and (among other things) asked this question, “What am I doing to save our environment?”

Good question.

Doing my part

When it comes to the environment, I am quite ashamed to say that I haven’t given it as much thought as I should have.

But looking over the card that was given to me that evening, I guess I have done some good…in my own little way of course.

For instance, 1) I believe that a number of our bulbs at home are CFLs or LEDs, 2) we carry a number of power strips at home (thanks to mom), 3) I am a big believer in maximizing a number of household and office items (sometimes to a fault), and 4) I do love my Mac Book Pro which the card says “consumes 5x less electricity.”

Good times!

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With that said, I am dedicating this point to Mother Earth.

It is also my sincerest hope that the people who come across my site in search of the latest news on NBA players that were born in the 1970′s, the Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, or the latest news on the Psychology Bill, etc. would pause and think…

“What are you doing for the planet?”

Here is what was printed on the back of the card:

Make a difference with these simple steps.

Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs: These last 8 to 10 times longer and use 25% of the power.

Use a dipper instead of showering: Save as much as 30 liters of water.

Use a power strip: This eliminates phantom drain, which still consumes 10% to 60% of full power.

Reuse, reduce, recycle: Maximize usage of all household and office items.

Love your laptop: Use a laptop instead of a desktop. Laptops consume 5x less electricity.

Green homes: Open the windows for light and air circulations.

Buy energy-efficient appliances: Energy star appliances save power and reduce your bills.

Patronize local businesses: These have far smaller footprints than imported goods.

Buy locally-sourced items, including food: These allow indigenous businesses to thrive.

The less packaging, the better: Use totes instead of plastic bags.

For more ways to save Planet Earth, click here.