Heads 'N Tales Podcast - Talking Sports Injury Rehab, Prevention, Perseverance, Concussions & Athlete Transition
About This Show
On October 5, 2007, Kevin Saum suffered a traumatic brain injury called second impact syndrome during a high school football game, which ended his athletic career and nearly ended his life.
Kevin created the Head's 'N Tales podcast to serve as a platform for other athletes who have been dealt life-altering injuries, illnesses or other obstacles throughout their careers to share their story's and to learn how they persevered in the face of adversity. He additionally interviews subject experts in the sports health industry to provide tools for athletes who are currently writing their own comeback story's. Each week Kevin shares an athlete's story of perseverance or expert knowledge on one of the following topics: injuries, illnesses, obstacles, concussions, or the athlete transition to life after sports.
Kevin highly values his time spent on the football gridiron and wants to see the sport prosper for future generations of athletes. In an attempt to tackle many of the health and safety concerns inherent in the sport, Kevin and his childhood buddy Josh Boyd host a fantasy football injury report every Monday night as a bonus episode throughout each NFL season, where they discuss ways to make the sport safer to play.
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Most Recent Episode
134 : We Talkin' About Practice? Life After Football w/ Troy Martino
Troy Martino played tight end for Stevenson University until he suffered a career-ending head injury during a non-contact spring practice after a successful freshman season. Troy is a fellow Rutgers Sports Management graduate and although it seems as though to our transition to life after football was similar, in many ways it was also very different. In this episode we are going to compare and contrast what worked for us and what didn’t in our transition to life after football to prevent you from some of the suffering we experienced. Below are some topics Troy and I cover throughout this interview: What led up to the career ending head injury. The“flashy drill” that led to Troy being in the wrong place wrong time. What doctors said after diagnosing Troy with a depressed skull fracture on the left temporal bone. “ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT I HEARD WHEN I WOKE UP WAS YOU’LL NEVER PLAY FOOTBALL AGAIN.” Why Troy was okay with hanging up the cleats after the injury. What went into the decision to not surgically repair his skull fracture. The struggle of not being able to workout during recovery from an injury like this. Why Troy decided to transfer to Rutgers University. Troy's transition to Rutgers and the challenges he was presented with (academically and socially). “I HAD TO RETEACH MYSELF HOW TO LEARN.” Immersing himself into the Rutgers social scene without the football identity. The importance of getting involved with things at school after losing a sport. Why an injury in high school made him know he wanted to play football in college. Why he felt empty watching Rutgers football games (only watched one game). The value in talking to a therapist. The value of playing smart vs. playing “tough." Troy's thoughts on health & safety in football. How the injury changed him as a person. How Troy was able to combat amblyopia (born with a blind eye) and play football at a high level. “WORK AT IT LIKE YOU WORKED AT THE SPORT YOU PLAYED YOUR WHOLE LIFE.” WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH TROY? INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | LINKEDIN Download Episode 134 : iTunes | StitcherRead more »