CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz received a lot of bad publicity over his statement about girls soccer and concussions during his appearance on “Face The Nation” hours before the Super Bowl earlier this month.
Nantz’s statement also spurred one woman to take action to set the record straight. The Ridgefield Daily Voice wrote about Katherine Snedaker, who used the opportunity to create a website devoted to girls’ and women’s issues involving concussions.
“This is the first website to focus on female concussions,” said Snedaker, who launched Pinkconcussions.com just a few days after the Super Bowl. “We’ve already got about 150 Twitter followers and big traffic on the site. Concussions hadn’t been sliced into a women-specific site before. There are data points about it, but they are subparagraphs in other studies.”
She said the site caters to information about women, who concuss at a higher rate and heal slower than men. In one way, Snedaker said Nantz did women a favor with his piece of misinformation.
People in the concussion world “flipped out” over Nantz’s comment, Snedaker said. “He took two different statistics and put them together,” she said. “It’s comparing apples and oranges. His heart was in the right place, but he messed up the data. But he did more for girls with that one statement than anything that’s even been done before. Sometimes a social gaffe illuminates the topic a little bit more.”
This is not the first concussion information website Snedaker has created.
She launched Sports Capp.com to help recreation teams, town leagues and private schools build concussion awareness into their programs. Snedaker is also the founder of Team Concussion, a web-based support group for teens who have suffered concussions. She has suffered double-digit concussions as well, and her three boys have also suffered concussions.
She will work on a committee in Washington on Feb. 25 created by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council to review evidence of sports-related concussions in youth, including risk factors, protective equipment and screening, diagnosis and management.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor