Episode 13

World Cup Head Injuries and the Soccer Concussion Debate

After German player Christoph Kramer took a hit to the head and fell to the ground, World Cup fans could see that something wasn’t right, yet team doctors cleared him to continue playing. Kramer fell again without even being touched just 15 minutes later, spurring the debate on head injuries that were ignored in the World Cup this year.

In this episode of the TeamSnap Youth Sports Podcast, Jay Fraga, post-concussion syndrome sufferer by chance, concussion awareness fighter by choice, and founder of TheKnockoutProject.org, talks about the warning signs of this “invisible injury” and suggests some changes for the game and with FIFA. As a former BMX rider who was forced to retire due to multiple concussions, Fraga’s personal story will leave you a lot to think about. For more information, read up on World Cup concussions on the TeamSnap Blog.

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]

Release Date: Aug 13 2014