As we strive to create a healthier planet, it is important to understand the impact of our actions on our health and well-being. – Mary Hayashi Mary Hayashi – Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate our planet and raise awareness about the importance of protecting it. In honor of this day, I want to discuss…
The disparity in mental health issues between genders “is a significant public health issue that deserves our attention” – Mary Hayashi Mary Hayashi – Stress Awareness Month, which takes place in April each year, provides an opportunity to educate the public about the causes and consequences of stress. One issue that I, Mary Hayashi…
“It is important to address gender bias in the workplace to create a fair and inclusive work environment that allows everyone to reach their full potential.” – Mary Hayashi. Gender bias in the workplace is a pervasive issue that affects many individuals, particularly women and other marginalized groups. This bias can manifest in various…
Mary Hayashi – Concussions have been a growing concern in sports for several years. From football to soccer, athletes are at risk of sustaining these traumatic brain injuries during games and practices. However, many overlook that concussions affect female athletes more than males.
Women’s History Month is celebrated annually in March to honor the contributions and achievements of women throughout history. It is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made and to continue to
A recent NPR article by Jon Hamilton highlights the fact that, in terms of concussion, women are fast closing the gender gap. Previously, one of the issues in understanding the gendered response to head injuries has been the lack of research into women’s concussion.
Women suffer more concussions than men in the sports that both play, with an injury rate 50 percent higher, according to the most recent research. Female athletes with brain trauma tend to suffer different symptoms, take longer to recover and hold back information about their injuries for different reasons than males.
The lead author of a new study, Dr. Wellington Hsu, has an important message for parents, coaches, and athletic trainers: “While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion rates, our study found that girls, and especially those who play soccer, may face a higher risk.”
One topic in particular that I am passionate about is concussion safety and during my time in the state legislature, I authored a number of bills focused on this topic, including AB 25, a concussion safety bill that placed California alongside Washington as the states with the toughest return-to-play laws for student athletes, into law.
The culture of “staying in the game” is changing, but kids still believe they need to be tough and play through injuries. Too often, they’re afraid to tell their coaches, trainers or parents when they think they have a concussion. Training coaches to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion will help ensure athletes are removed as soon as possible and reduce their risk for further injury.