December 3, 2022


Its all about the Health

BrainSPORT Podcast Episode 3 Part A: Concussions in Winter Olympics Skeleton

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Have you ever thought about concussions in the Winter Olympics? Adel sits down with Sports Neuropsychologist Dr. Aliyah Snyder for a compelling conversation on concussions in a Winter Olympic sport you may never have thought of.

Dr. Snyder, a former Winter Olympic Skeleton athlete will discuss what “sled head” is, the impact of the autonomic nervous system after concussions, and her personal experiences while racing.

Tune back in next week for Episode 3 Part B.

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00:00 Introduction to Olympic Skeleton
03:41 Importance of Olympic Skeleton to Sports Neurology
06:52 Concussion in Olympic Skeleton
07:08 Video of Olympic Skeleton
08:20 POV run through of Olympic Skeleton
10:35 Cumulative impact of the sport
11:22 Dr. Snyder and Olympic Skeleton
12:00 Dr. Snyder’s first concussion
12:45 “Trauma headache”
15:15 Competition and effects of concussion
17:25 “Sled head”
18:48 Gender differences
20:11 Toll of repeated head injuries
21:54 Retirement of athletes
22:29 Consequences of repeated concussions
23:09 Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction Post-Concussion
24:54 Heart Rate Variability
27:45 Functional MRI in TBI and Anxiety Related Disorders
28:46 Post-concussion Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction Treatment

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