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.
Thanks for tuning in and there is no doubt your story will resonate with those of the guests on the show.
Most Recent Episode
116 : When The Truth Sets You Free w/ Former King's College QB & Survivor of Sexual Abuse, Mark Williams
4 days ago
Episode 116 sheds light on the issue of sexual abuse, which is a topic that has been extensively covered in the media over the last few months. This episode was recorded back on October 17 of 2017, which was after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, but before Larry Nassar plead guilty to 10 counts of first-degree sexual misconduct. Now, we are also aware of the sexual abuse that Nassar's athletes suffered while at Michigan State University. It is tragic how common and similar these stories are and leaves us wondering how the hell something like this can happen and continue to happen for so long?! This week's guest tells us not only how, but also what we can do to prevent the suffering of others in the future. "I AM NOT UNIQUE." Mark Williams is a former East Hampton High School quarterback who led his team to a county championship back in 1973 and he eventually went on to play at King's College in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. After losing his father to leukemia when he was 12 years old, Mark fell victim to sexual abuse on multiple occasions, which led him down a path of alcoholism until he was 48 years old. I can't thank Mark enough for his courage to be vulnerable and share his story with the listeners of the Heads 'N Tales podcast. As we know, this is the true definition of toughness. Below you will find a list of some of the talking points you will hear in this interview: Why the death of Mark's father made him vulnerable to sexual abuse. What influenced Mark to abuse alcohol after being sexually abused by an elementary school teacher and Mark's genetic predisposition to alcoholism. How sports and especially football served as an outlet for Mark. The situation that led Mark to be sexually abused by a Priest when he was 15. Why Mark really struggled playing baseball in high school. The complicated relationship Mark had with the Catholic Church. “WE ARE AS SICK AS OUR SECRETS” How Mark's experiences with sexual abuse lead to a confused sense of sexuality. What happened when Mark "removed of the mask" of football and his transition to life after sports. What Mark said when