Category Archives: Science Marches Onward
This ought to be fun.
For those of you who are even bigger social media tyros than I am, here’s what that means:
The photo messaging application allows users to take photos or videos and add text or drawing, then set an expiration for the message once it is opened. The service has been criticized in popular culture as a means to distribute explicit material, particularly for its part in the social phenomenon of sexting.
Can you say plausible deniability? I thought you could.
Meet Sandra Chapman, self-described football nut and a former Texas cheerleader, who may not be a doctor, but plays a concussion expert at conventions, evidently.
“The myth is that brain damage is permanent,” she said.
Early recognition of a concussion is crucial, she said, and then athletes must be given plenty of time to get better and avoid the risk of further concussion. Chapman suggested that coaches treat players with concussions not much differently than they would one with a broken ankle or torn ACL by keeping them sidelined. If so, the long-term problems associated with concussions can be avoided, she said.
“In the majority of cases, athletes fully recover after a concussion, given proper care,” Chapman said. “If you were to read the front pages, you would not believe this is true. But it is.”
Chapman didn’t downplay the risk of head injuries from playing football and said that she initially didn’t want her own son to play the game. But the benefits of football – including improved self-esteem, the lessons of teamwork and exercise – can’t be overlooked, she argued. Rather than a health risk, she called football “health-enhancing.”
“Most [concussions] come from car accidents, and we’re not getting rid of our cars, as you know,” she said.
She even has her own word.
On the other hand, it was a little curious to hear a neuroscientist tout health benefits of football such as making teenagers less likely to engage in other risky behaviors, less likely to become addicted to video games and encourage better sleep. She even talked about “brainomics” – her own word – which she defined as “the high economic cost if we don’t encourage youth to play team sports.”
Maybe one day there’ll be a Nobel Prize for brainomics. In the meantime, please be careful when you drive.
Rise and shine, campers.
- “I don’t think you’ve seen quarterback play in the SEC this good in a long time.“
- What’s on the menu? Ray Drew.
- Siri is fickle.
- If Georgia gets down early on Saturday, don’t panic. North Texas blows a lot of leads.
- Mark Richt hadn’t thought about this week’s battle of the ex-Dawgs until the media reminded him about it.
- Somebody gives credit to Richt for being the father of the no-huddle offense in the SEC.
- Vegas buys into the national title game meme. (ESPN nods approvingly.)
Grab a plate and get to it.
- I think this is what they mean by irony: “The healthiest defensive back for Georgia right now is sophomore safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, who is suspended for the opener after admitting to police this spring that he had been smoking marijuana.” Weed makes you strong!
- Chad Morris promises Georgia 100% of Clemson’s playbook.
- I wonder if anybody ever talks to Paul Johnson now the way Erk talked to Paul Johnson.
- You’ve been warned: Chris Fowler promises that ESPN will cover the Manziel story “just like we had to cover the investigation into Cam Newton at Auburn.” Yech.
- Al.com apologizes for being sexist in a football story it ran. You wonder how many readers even noticed in the first place.
- Maybe Al.com should have checked with Siri first.
- Christian Robinson turned down a NFL camp invite to stay in Athens as a GA.
- Here’s something else the Georgia offense was good at last season.
French company Spotter has developed an analytics tool that claims to be able to identify sarcastic comments posted online.
It’s yours if you’re willing to pony up the £1,000 per month for the service. No word on whether that figure was offered snarkily or not. I guess you’ll have to rent Spotter to find out.