Simone Kolander

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Major studies underway on sports-related concussions

Rashida Beal (l) and Simone Kolander

The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) are now partners on a three-year research project on concussions and head injuries in college sport. “I believe this project will be the game changer,” says NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline of the $30 million study that began last fall. Over 37,000 student-athletes in men’s and women’s contact sports from 15 schools,

the five biggest football conferences, the four service academies and the Ivy League are participating in the project, which includes physical exams, head sensors, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies and biogenetic markers. The data obtained will establish a history of concussion, risks and treatment, and also will be beneficial to both athletes and soldiers. Last summer, the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee requested that health and safety be considered in every on-field rules change, even if the main reason is ensure fairness. Continue Reading →

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Spotlight on the Gophers 100







There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. Beginning this week and throughout the 2013-14 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight these players. This week: Freshmen soccer players Simone Kolander and Rashida Beal

Soccer is an always-in-motion game, demanding tip-top conditioning from its players.  But it is also a low-scoring game. It wasn’t a “Rainy Night in Georgia” but rather a cold, rainy Friday night in October at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, the home of the Gophers’ women soccer team, better known as “the Robbie” on Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus. Continue Reading →

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