EXPLORING the links between concussion and brain injury is becoming a priority among researchers, but a University of Notre Dame PhD candidate is taking her research one step further.
Sarah Harris has joined a team from Notre Dame’s Institute for Health Research in investigating the links between head trauma and depression in young football players.
Their findings to date reveal 35 players have reported 194 head injuries between them over the course of the season, with those who receive multiple blows reporting more symptoms than those who had not been hurt at all.
Ms Harris said while there was a lot of research into the long-term consequences of concussion on mood disorders and memory, there was little insight into the impact recent head knocks had on mental health.
“Especially in males, brains are still developing up until the age of 25,” she said.
“The prefrontal cortex, which is the last region of the brain to develop, is also the region most frequently affected in sporting concussions.”
She said the difficulty in diagnosing concussions meant education was more important than ever. THE search is on for the next generation of male and female cricket umpires for the 2016-17 WACA season.
Umpires receive ongoing training and development, and there are opportunities to move up from community umpiring to domestic competitions, including the Big Bash League.
WACA umpire manager Matthew Hall knows better than anyone that as an umpire you are never out of the game.
“Having played cricket, I wanted to give back to the game that had given me so much,” Hall said.
“Umpiring certainly provides the best experience for watching the game from close quarters and being involved in Australia's favourite sport.”
Cricket Australian Community Officiating Courses are run online and practical courses are being held in August for new umpires.
For more information, or to register your interest, contact Matthew Hall at email@example.com or visit waca.com.au