The long term effects of multiple concussions in NFL football players has been increasingly reported by the media, especially after a $765 million settlement between the NFL and its former players this summer. But concussions have serious risks at all level of play.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Randy Moss, athletic director at Monticello High School. Moss says in Monticello, football culture inspires a special kind of community and making it especially important for coaches, players and parents to take the risk of concussions pose seriously. We’ll hear about new rules the Illinois State High School Association has implemented in the interest of player safety and will hear from Adam Tarr, an athletic trainer who works with students to make sure concussions can be diagnosed and treated properly.
Host Jim Meadows also talks with Chris Nowinski, co-founder and executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute in Boston. Nowinski is author of the book “Head Games” and is a former NCAA college football player and former WWE professional wrestler. A concussion ended his career in the WWE where he played the character “Chris Harvard,” and shortly after his retirement from professional sports, he became invested in educating athletes about a condition called CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that is believed to be a result of multiple concussions.
Are you a parent of a high school football player or high school athlete? Are you worried about him/her getting a concussion? We'd love to hear your experiences thish our on Focus!
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grad, PADI divemaster and US Paralympian Ryan Chalmers has pushed himself nearly 3,000 miles over the course of the last few months in his racing wheelchair, journeying the length of three to four full length marathons every day. In a campaign he called “Push Across America,” Ryan traveled from Los Angeles, California to Central Park in New York City to raise awareness and money for programs to benefit people with disabilities. To start this hour of Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Chalmers about the trek now that he has finished his journey. Then, we’ll listen back to Jim’s interview with Ryan when he came through Champaign-Urbana in the middle of his push in late May.
(Pictured right: Ryan and his team push into Champaign May 22. Photo credit: Parker Feierbach)
“It’s a home run,” has become an expression many Americans use every day to describe success, even outside the world of baseball. But, have you ever wondered why? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Eldon Ham about America’s obsession with the home run and what sparked the development of the long ball in baseball. Ham tells us about how the home run became a fixture in the MLB by accident, and we’ll remember Babe Ruth’s historic sixty-homer season in 1927.
With several big hitters in the MLB being accused recently of more steroid use, we’ll also talk with Ham about how the homerun is connected to an era of professional doping.
Are you a baseball fan? Do you have a story about an epic home run? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!