Women May Be at Higher Risk for Sports-Related Concussion than Men

Women athletes are 50 percent more likely than male athletes to have a sports-related concussion, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017.

"Sports-related concussion is a significant public health problem and research has typically focused on male athletes," said author James Noble, MD, of Columbia University in New York, N.Y., and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "Studies comparing male and female college athletes have often been limited in size and had incomplete follow-ups."

This study looked at 1,203 athletes from 2000-2014 at Columbia University and included 822 men and 381 women who participated in sports like soccer, basketball and football. Participants took tests to measure thinking skills and processing speed before and after a concussion. The researchers also tracked symptoms and when participants returned to play after a concussion.

A total of 228 athletes in the study suffered at least one concussion during their college career, 88 women, or 23 percent, and 140 men, or 17 percent. Women were 50 percent more likely to have a concussion than men. Athletes who had suffered a previous concussion were three times more likely to have another concussion as those who had never had a concussion. In the gender comparable sports of soccer and basketball, women were more likely to have had a concussion.

"It is unclear why women appear to be at higher risk for sports-related concussions than men," said Noble. "The findings from this study highlight the need for more research on the gender differences in concussion."

While women appear to be more susceptible to concussions, the study indicates they recover from the injury just as quickly as men. The average return-to-play time was 10 days for both men and women.

Men and women had similar symptoms following a concussion, except when it came to amnesia and insomnia. The study found 44 percent of men experienced amnesia versus 31 percent of women. It also found 42 percent of women had insomnia compared with 29 percent of men.

Learn more about concussion at www.aan.com/concussion.

The American Academy of Neurology is the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 32,000 members. The AAN is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.

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The National Urban Professional Baseball League (NUPBL) will be launching four new teams in the spring of 2018. The league is open to baseball players 17 years old and older who have baseball talent, and the participants will be paid. They will offer an eight week fall league in Arizona, September through October 2017. Tryouts for the teams will start in May of 2017. All baseball players interested in trying out for a team should visit their website for registration information at www.urbanbaseball247.com or call (773) 517-2175.

The creation of this professional baseball league was designed to provide family entertainment and honor the history and memories of past African America baseball players (the same as the Negro League Museum in Kansas City, MO). The names of the teams in this league will reflect that of past Negro League players i.e. Rube Foster All-Stars, Cool Papa Bell All Stars, William "Skinny Legs" Blair and the Buck O’Neil All Stars etc.

The league comments, “We are seeking to identify potential sponsor for the NUPBL we are reaching out to corporations, businesses and community leaders for sponsorship. We feel that this could be a win-win opportunity for all parties as we project attendance of 50,000 to 200,000 families annually." Businesses and/or products can become part of the game with full color banners being seen throughout the ballpark. All interested sponsors should call (773) 517-2175.

For more information, visit www.nupbl.com

REI Announces 2017 Outessa Retreats Designed To Connect Women with the Outdoors Through Experiences, Inspiration and Adventures

Three summer events in California, Oregon and New Hampshire

REI, the outdoor co-op and national specialty retailer, announced its 2017 REI Outessa retreats with three immersive, three-day outdoor adventures designed to connect women with the outdoors in a supportive learning environment. Now in its second year, the getaways are filled with activities and inspiration, offer access to coveted gear and products, serve up great food and wine, and create the environment for making new friends and lasting memories. Registration is now open at www.REI.com/Outessa.

"Whether you are an experienced outdoors person or someone who's thinking about trying new activities, Outessa is about getting away from it all and reconnecting with the outdoors," said Susan Viscon, REI senior vice president of merchandising and board member of Camber Outdoors. "We heard some amazing stories from participants last year and we are expanding the retreats in 2017. This fun environment is designed by – and for – a supportive community of women who like adventure." 

More than 20 of REI Outdoor School's top female instructors will partner with leading outdoor brands to host a full range of adventures, including hiking, trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, trail photography, paddle boarding, kayaking, climbing, yoga, backpacking, wilderness survival training, outdoor cooking and more. 

Registration for REI Outessa is $799 per person, which includes classes led by REI's professional guides, use of on-site gear, chef-prepared meals, wine and beer, evening entertainment, inspirational speakers, and a goodie bag packed with products and gear.

2017 REI Outessa events will be held at three breathtaking mountain playgrounds. Destinations were chosen for their inspirational alpine environments, sweeping views, pristine lake, and adventure-ready terrain with miles of trails for running, hiking and mountain biking. Each offer resort hospitality and proximity to major airports, making travel easy for participants. The dates and locations are:

  • July 14-16: Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Kirkwood, California near South Lake Tahoe
  • August 18-20: Mt. Hood Skibowl in Government Camp, Oregon and 12 miles from the Mt. Hood National Forest
  • September 22-24: Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville, New Hampshire in the White Mountain National Forest

Customized Retreats

REI Outessa attendees will customize their weekend from start to finish. They will choose accommodations from three options: resort rooms or condos; "fancy camp" deluxe camping with fully-outfitted canvas tents, amenities and a concierge; and DIY camping at Camp REI, where guests bring their own gear. Participants will also select their daily schedules from more than 200 activities based on personal interests, outdoor goals and skill levels.

Each morning, women will start their day with a full breakfast before heading out on the trail, crag or water for small group adventures. Evenings are filled with chef-prepared meals and fire-side relaxation complete with s'mores, wine and beer, inspirational speakers, and conversations that reflect on the day.

"Last year, REI Outessa was a transformational experience for hundreds of women. Together with our brand partners, we helped women tap into an emotional and profound connection to the outdoors," said Sally Johnson, the events manager for REI who helped create the Outessa series. "The beauty of these weekends is that every woman discovers something about herself physical or emotional. Women leave with a supportive tribe to draw boundless inspiration and encouragement from and a new appreciation for living a life outside."

REI will again be joined by more than 20 companies that represent some of the best outdoor brands and lifestyle products. Major sponsors include Big Agnes, Hydro Flask, Igloo, KEEN, Leatherman, Nuun, OluKai, Osprey, Petzl, Pro Bar and Salomon. Every company at the three-day weekend will engage with participants through experiences, product samples and brand ambassadors who share their passion for the outdoors.

To learn more about the retreats and locations of the epic weekends, visit www.REI.com/Outessa.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation's largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 149 stores in 36 states. If you can't visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI-Garage.com or the free REI shopping app. REI isn't just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 170 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI's Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

The 48th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade And 39th Annual Michelob ULTRA St. Patrick's Day Run Will Take Place Saturday, March 11, 2017

Festivities to Include an Irish Salute to First Responders, Special Guest from Irish Parliament

The 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade and Run will be dedicated to St. Louis' First Responders and take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The First Responders unit in the parade will be led by Police Chief Sam Dotson and Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, along with representatives who are actively serving our communities and those who have been injured in the line of duty. St. Louis is very lucky to have these heroes, and the parade committee is encouraging all participants and spectators to use the official hashtag of the event, #stlucky, to thank them and share why they feel lucky this St. Patrick's Day.

St. Louis is also pleased to welcome our Irish guest of honor, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Ireland's Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. As part of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs, O'Connor is one of 29 ministers traveling abroad this St. Patrick's Day to celebrate all things Irish.

Leading the 48th annual parade will be parade founder and St. Louis Irish Consul Joseph McGlynn, Jr.; Parade Committee Chairperson Joe Milligan; guest of honor O'Connor; Honorary Parade Marshal John Saunders, president and chief executive officer, FleishmanHillard; Mayor Francis Slay; Parade Director Karen Lee; and other dignitaries.

The parade, also known as St. Louis' "Rite of Spring," has had more than 350,000 spectators in the past. This year it will feature more than 130 units, including a Marine color guard from the 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment; giant, cartoon character helium-filled balloons, floats, bands and more than 5,000 marchers.

The parade steps off at noon from 20th and Market Streets and proceeds east on Market to Broadway, and then south on Broadway where it will disband at Clark Street. Market Street will be closed at 7:30 a.m. from Compton to Broadway; parade unit staging will take place from Compton to 18th Street at that time.

The 39th Annual Michelob ULTRA St. Patrick's Day Parade Run

St. Louis' largest locally organized run will precede the parade at 9 a.m. It covers a five mile course that begins on Broadway in front of Ballpark Village and concludes at 8th and Market Streets. Runners will then be directed to the Michelob ULTRA Runners Village at 7th and Walnut Streets. Ballpark Village will also be the site of this year's Irish Village featuring a live band, food and beverages.

The parade committee is very grateful to all of its sponsors, including Anheuser-Busch. "From the very first run 39 years ago, Anheuser-Busch was there supporting our efforts," McGlynn said. 

More than 8,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers have participated in the past and will compete again for prizes in 13 different age categories for both male and female competitive runners. This year's run will also bring back the popular "Best Costume" award competition where individuals and teams can show off their best Irish-themed outfits. Irish potatoes and St. Patrick driving out the snakes have been featured in the past – the runners' creativity is their only limit.

Runners may register online at: www.stpatsrun.com. The entry fee is $32 in February, with increases in March. Past top finishers will be issued special bib numbers and be positioned at the front of the pack.

The Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark is the official hotel of the St. Patrick's Day Run and Parade. For information on special St. Patrick's Day Parade and Run room packages, visit the hotel's "Hotel Specials" page of its website www.hiltonstlouis.com or call 314-421-1776.

The Shamrock Village opens at 9 a.m. on Parade Day at the Aloe Plaza across from Union Station on Market Street and closes at 4 p.m. The Village will feature a Main Stage and food and beverage booths. Starting at 9 a.m. some of the unique inflatable balloons that will be in the parade will begin inflating at Aloe Plaza as part of the pre-parade activities.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Michelob ULTRA St. Patrick's Day Parade Run celebration kicks off Friday night, March 10, at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, 1 South Broadway, with cocktails, dinner and dancing. For cost and further information, call 314-241-PATS or visit our website at www.irishparade.org.

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