Watch out for head injuries in youth sports
By MALCOLM CROSLAND
Steinberg Law Firm
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
4, 2010 Its fall in the Lowcountry, and that means
playing fields all over the area are filled with aspiring football
and soccer stars running, wrestling and having a great time.
doubt, athletics can be great for young people, who benefit from
exercise, teamwork and personal fulfillment.
its up to us parents and the coaches and other adults
involved in youth athletics to help guard against a growing
problem among child athletes: head injuries, or traumatic brain
rooms across the nation report a growing number of concussions landing
children some as young as 4 or 5 in their waiting
the Centers for Disease Control, 135,000 (65 percent) of sports-
and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries treated in U.S.
emergency departments occur each year in young people ages 5 to
18. Popular youth sports, including football, basketball and soccer,
generated the greatest number of emergency room visits for TBIs.
became acutely aware of the dangers of head injuries a few years
ago, when I was representing an injured professional soccer player.
A supremely fit athlete in his 20s, the soccer player took his last
head shot one night on a playing field, sustaining a
serious concussion that rendered him unconscious.
later, we discovered that it was one of numerous concussions the
player had received, the first of which he endured as a young boy.
the injuries had a cumulative effect for him, and cut his promising
career short. Not only was his livelihood affected, but his injuries
also affected his ability to reason, gave him a hair-trigger temper
and reduced his cognitive abilities.
it doesnt take a career of head shots to do serious damage
to a growing brain. We see single events concussions sustained
on the football field, basketball court or on the baseball diamond
creating lifelong consequences for young people and their
why the Steinberg Law Firm has founded Heads
Up! This non-profit organization works with recreation departments
throughout the region. We visit coaches meetings to discuss
prevention of head injuries, and to focus on warning signs of a
problem. We distribute warning sign wallet cards to
parents at football jamborees and tournaments. And we give kids
water bottles emblazoned with the HeadsUp! Logo.
of this is our way of helping ensure that kids can have fun while
being safe, and grow up to be active, fully functioning adults.
Centers for Disease Control offer these signs to watch for if you
or a loved one sustains a nasty bump in the head.
and symptoms of a mild brain injury
period of unconsciousness
problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears or a bad
taste in the mouth
or concentration problems
to severe brain injury symptoms
vomiting or nausea
to awaken from sleep
of one or both pupils of the eyes
or numbness in the extremities
confusion or agitation
your non-profit organization would like to order materials from
HeadsUp! (they are free), notify me at email@example.com.
lets all do as we tell the kids: Play safe, and have fun!
Crosland is an attorney with the Steinberg
Law Firm and founder of HeadsUp! SC.
game about cooking DeMint's goose
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
4, 2010 -- When an out-of-state friend learned Thursday about Charleston
cookbook author Nathalie Duprees surprise write-in campaign
for U.S. Senate, the reaction was saucy and unequivocal: I
love South Carolina politics.
thats not necessarily a tasty review. Witness the nomination
by Democrats of now-indicted Manning resident Alvin Greene to the
post held by GOP U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and the host of unflattering
news stories about our state over recent months from an embarrassing
tryst by the governor to various allegations of impropriety by a
the entry of Dupree, better known for her shrimp and grits than
politics, will add much-needed spice to a relatively dull Senate
race. Just imagine the glee that boiled over in newsrooms around
the state when Dupree announced the write-in campaign. Like sugar
plums, all sorts of headlines certainly danced across their minds,
although few actually made their way into print. Lets see
how many bad cooking clichés we can stuff into one column:
Dupree wants to cook DeMints goose
Dupree burns DeMint for being against pork for SC
Nathalie wants to bring home the bacon
Dupree punches for DeMints sweet spot
DeMint gives Dupree a bad taste
Dupree whips up support
DeMint nutty over port, Dupree steams
Dupree muddles DeMint
Dupree stirs the pot
You, me and Dupree: Why not Nathalie?
Dupree wants to cream DeMint (our favorite)
admits shes a long shot, but emphasizes her candidacy isnt
a publicity stunt. Shes serious as a heart attack about why
shes running to inject some common sense and real leadership
into the political process.
got so steamed about DeMints recent refusal to push a needed
earmark for funding of a project to study the deepening of Charleston
harbor that she decided to jump into the race.
DeMints stubbornness and bad ideas about earmarks federal
grants for specific projects threaten the port of Charleston,
she said Thursday. The largest of our five ports, it serves
as an economic engine for all of South Carolina.
the port of Charleston, there would be no BMW in South Carolina,
which generates almost 50,000 jobs in the state.
To say all
earmarks are bad is like saying all milk is bad because you have
a carton that turned sour.
it is unlikely Dupree will knock off DeMint, South Carolina is the
only state in the union in which a non-incumbent write-in candidate
won a seat for the U.S. Senate. That candidate? Strom Thurmond
the guy who is the subject of two books by Duprees husband,
in 1954 after the death of U.S. Sen. Burnet Maybank just two months
before the election, Thurmond mounted and won a Senate seat he held
acknowledges shes no Thurmond, but she thirsts to roast DeMint
at the polls.
a word of advice to the incumbent: Senator, youd better pay
a little more attention to South Carolina instead of boiling all
over the country with these tea party folks. Arrogant my-way-or-the-highway
moves, such as antics like blocking all Senate legislation through
the end of the year, are political recipes for disaster. Punishing
the people of our state by a zealous, ideological opposition to
earmarks isnt good in the long run for the Palmetto State.
are supposed to have good memories. So do voters. As a senator,
you represent everyone in the state, not just tea party folks. How
about stewing on that for a bit?
Brack, publisher of Charleston Currents, counted two bakers
dozen of cooking references or bad clichés in this weeks
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Chambers named for Beverly T. Craven
County Council recently honored longtime Clerk of Council Beverly
T. Craven by naming its meeting chambers for her.
77, has served as the Clerk of Council since 1987. She lives in
downtown Charleston and has served 37 different elected members
of Charleston County Council during her tenure.
When I first learned about what was going to happen, I couldnt
believe it. I was tickled, giggly and so proud and happy that something
like this could be happening, Craven said. In the 23
years I have been here, God has given me 37 wonderful babies
to love and care for, and Im very grateful to have had them
in my life.
Head Night is finalist for Giveaway
of the Year
The Charleston RiverDogs 2010 season was another success at
the gate, and as a result, one promotional giveaway is up for an
award from Minor League Baseball.
finalists from across the nation have been nominated by MiLB.com,
and RiverDogs Chia Head giveaway on May 15, featuring the
visage of award-winning groundskeeper Mike Williams, has been lauded
as one of the elite giveaways in Minor League Baseball in 2010.
never seen a more dedicated groundskeeper than Mike Williams,
said smiling RiverDogs general manger Dave Echols. He has
now literally become one with his field.
first 1,000 fans through the turnstiles at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park
on May 15 received what appeared to be a ceramic bust of Williams,
but upon further investigation, a removable hat revealed an empty
vase to be filled with seeds and water and ready to sprout a Chia
Head in a humorous adaptation of Williams garnering laurels as the
2009 South Atlantic League Groundskeeper of the Year.
House served in World War II
Charleston Museums Joseph Manigault House at 350 Meeting St.,
is offering World War II focus tours at 4 p.m. on Oct. 7, 14, 21
Joseph Manigault House is well-known for its Adam-style architecture
and elegant furniture; however, most are unaware of its star-spangled
World War II this grand structure served as a popular USO location. From
parties and dances to food and games, this house had it all.
Learn more about this period through photographs, stories and even
a hidden cartoon every Thursday in October.
are not required. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children
(free for Charleston Museum members). For more information,
e call 722-2996 ext. 235 or visit www.charlestonmuseum.org.
Web workshop for nonprofits
Rogel and Trevor B. Reed from Synactable
will discuss what nonprofits need to know about their Web sites,
whether they already have one, or are thinking of having one built.
at the noon Oct. 26 workshop will include: The Importance of Contracts,
Domain Name Ownership, Online Free Web site Builders,
Flash, and SEO. The workshop will be at the Coastal Community Foundation
office at 90 Mary St. To attend, nonprofits must register
at this link.
wins Pike's Peak Performance Award
Shumway, an Isle of Palms resident and president of New Learning
Presentation Systems, has won the Pike's Peak Performance Award
from the Bob Pike Group.
award recognizes Shumways 25 years as a professional trainer.
Colleagues, learning professionals and Bob Pike Group Trainer Consultants
nominated award winners.
A former public school teacher and corporate trainer, Shumway has
focused her energies on staff development in the education and software
industry since 1991.
If you have a review or recommendation of a book, movie, restaurant
or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to
editor Marsha Guerard.
Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
Jacksons sweetgrass baskets win her fame
in Mount Pleasant on Feb. 15, 1945, the daughter of Joseph and Evelyina
Foreman, Mary Jackson grew up in an African American community of
basketmakers and learned the craft as a child from her mother.
has won international honors for her work, including fellowships
from the MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for
started creating baskets seriously in the mid-1970s, and soon mastered
a variety of shapes and types, including the rice-winnowing tray
called the fanner, grain storage baskets, and flower,
market, and sewing baskets for domestic use. Her solo exhibition
at the Gibbes Museum of Art in 1984 introduced her to the public.
Since then her career has grown dramatically, with representation
in major crafts shows, and in the public collections of the Smithsonian
Institution, Philadelphia and American Craft Museums, Museum of
African American History in Detroit, Bostons Museum of Fine
Arts, and U.S. embassies abroad.
makes her baskets traditionally, from long coils of sweetgrass,
pine needles, and bulrush, bound and woven with strong, flexible
strips from the palmetto tree. Her innovation has been to create
baskets of original design. From the family I learned all
the traditional pieces and styles, and then I just started doing
my own designs. I wanted to make something that no one had ever
made before. The forms would be different very simple, yet
elegant. This was accomplished in examples such as the Cobra,
a variation of a market basket, and her daring, abstracted interpretation
of a fruit basket in the series she calls Untitled,
consisting of a narrow, disk-like base and sweeping handle.
to formal and decorative qualities in her baskets, Jackson employs
the soft, natural color and textures of her materials, creating
a subtle interplay of light and dark concentric bands, or dynamic
overall patterns. She has control over the building of forms in
tension, and symmetry that gives her work a natural solidity and
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athletes and their families, the decision to participate in the
college athletic recruitment process can be overwhelming. On Tuesday
at 6:30 p.m. at the Burke High School auditorium, 244 President
St., former LPGA player and NCSA Athletic Recruiting educational
speaker Brandi Jackson will share what student athletes must do
to ensure they have a chance to pursue a collegiate athletic career.
Heres a sneak peek:
a game plan and get evaluated: Every student athlete needs
an objective, third-party evaluation to determine best fit
qualifications for various college programs. A knowledgeable third
party helps set realistic expectations on programs, competition
levels, academic fit and schools, helping you target 100 to 200
athletic and academic resume online: Preparing a complete
portfolio that allows coaches to access your up to date athletic
and academic information is crucial. Coaches no longer file
away paper resumes, but look to online website resources that
allows them to view the complete information of more prospective
athletes in an efficient and timely manner.
a compelling highlight/skills video: Every student athlete
needs a highlight and skills video that best conveys their athletic
abilities to college coaches. These videos are now typically streamed
online and sent through e-mail. The best videos are digitally
enhanced, sequenced properly and have spot shadowing, and most
importantly, are sent from a credible third party. College coaches
will likely never receive, let alone view an unsolicited DVD.
at least 50-100 athletic programs:
College coaches contact thousands of student athletes in order
to have enough athletes to fill their programs needs. Student
athletes need to play the same game: contact at least 10-20 [ercemt
of the programs that offer your sport across all divisions, which
could mean more than 200 college coaches.
its not a four-year decision, its a 40-year decision.
Most Division I prospects will receive offers by the end of their
junior year. Even if you arent a DI player, keep your options
open. Have a step-by-step plan in order to navigate the process.
It takes hard work, perseverance and a consolidated team effort
between student-athlete, parents, coaches, guidance counselors
and credible inside recruiting experts.
want to achieve immortality through my work ... I want to achieve
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THIS WEEK |
Do Lunch: noon, Oct. 8, Harbour Club. King Street Marketing
Group hosts lunch. Each guest will receive a King Street Goodie
Bag, free parking and an opportunity to take home prizes from King
Street and Charleston Peninsula businesses. Ticketed admission is
$20. Proceeds benefit Water Missions International. For details,
go online. (www.letsdolunchincharleston.com) Purchase tickets online
here (www.brownpapertickets.com), or call 843-303-1113 to reserve
Authors Luncheon Series: noon-2 p.m., Oct. 8,
Virginias Restaurant, 414 King St. Blue Bicycle Books Author's
Luncheon Series continues when Jonathan Sanchez welcomes local authors
Josephine Humphreys and Beth Webb Hart. The talk and lunch at Virginia's
will be followed by a dessert-and-champagne book signing at Blue
Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Free parking is available in the Camden
Exchange Garage, which has entrances on Hutson Street and John Street.
Single tickets are $35, or bring a friend for $60. Price does not
include books. Reservations required, call 843-722-2666.
King Street Goes Pedestrian: 1 to 6 p.m., Oct. 10.
Pedestrians will command King Street from Broad Street to Calhoun
during the Second Sunday on King Street event. King Street shops
will be able to display their wares outdoors and restaurants can
offer table service in the street. Restaurants with Sunday permits
can serve adult beverages to seated patrons outdoors. Similar events
are planned for November and December.
ONGOING AND SOON
& Brew: 6 to 10:30 p.m., Oct. 7, Omar Shrine Temple,
176 Patriots Point Street, Mount Pleasant. The Second Annual Bubbly
& Brew will benefit My Sister's House. Guests will dine on selections
from High Thyme, Home Team BBQ, Gullah Cuisine and more as well
as sip on champagne, cocktails from Firefly Distillery and beers
from local brewers. A silent auction and live music from party band
Permanent Vacation are planned. Tickets are $50 in advance and can
be purchased online or $60 at the door.
Sanctuary Family Picnic: 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 24, Dill Sanctuary,
1163 Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends and Needed Supporters
(FANS) of The Charleston Museum will host their Annual Family Picnic,
including a nature walk with naturalist Billy McCord, a butterfly
release, live music by the Susie Summers Duo, a Lowcountry dinner,
children's games, hayrides, demonstrations by Birds of Prey and
the SCDNR Touch Tank. Advance reservations are required; please
call (843) 722-2996 ext. 264 or register
online. No pets or outside coolers.
and paint: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26, The Meeting
Place, 1077 East Montague Ave., North Charleston. An adult workshop
featuring Poetry and Paint taught by Mary Harris and Karole Turner
Campbell. Participants will be inspired to combine poetry and paint
in a unique experience that combines two art forms. Materials are
provided. Fee: $5. Registration begins one month ahead and ends
two days prior to class.
Daisy Dash 5K:
8 a.m., Oct. 30, Riverland Terrace on James Island. The annual
Daisy Dash 5K run/walk will raise awareness for Simply Divine Garden,
an organization that plants healing gardens for individuals going
through chemotherapy. Register at www.active.com or www.simplydivinegarden.org
or on-site at the Baptist Church at Riverland Terrace located at
Wappoo Road and Maybank Highway. The cost per person is $20
before Oct. 20 and $25 after.
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