Teaching about second impact syndrome and the Zackery Lystedt Law

Below are links to information about Zackery Lystedt, Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Zackery Lystedt Law.

In General Psychology I provide time for discussion related to the following assignment:

Neuroscience is the study of both healthy brains and injured and diseased brains. This week students will read about traumatic brain injury and how it impacts youth athletes. There was a time not too long ago when youth, especially boys and young men, were expected to stand up after an impact to the head and return to play in the game. Today we know better. Seattle and the region is a powerhouse of knowledge about second impact syndrome. Please read the information below that provides resources about Second Impact Syndrome. You will also find information about the medical doctors who supported Zackery Lystedt when he sustained a life-threatening brain injury while playing football in middle school. Continue to search for more information about Zackery, his injury and recovery, and his work along with his family and doctors to advocate for a law to protect youth athletes from the experience he endured. Work to build on your knowledge. Part of what we do as students of psychology is take time to learn through the research so that we can construct knowledge. Psychology is a dynamic field – there is always more to learn.

Here are some questions to consider: 1) What is the definition of a concussion? 2) How does concussion impact a person’s cognitive and physical function. 3) How does concussion impact the ability to process emotions? 4) Why do people sustain concussions? 5) What is meant by second impact syndrome? 6) What changes in the law have taken place because of Zackery’s injury?






Grateful for Cascadia’s Wetlands Review

It does take courage to submit work for publication. This is an important topic many of us are writing about on Facebook right now, especially women poets. I remember my own feelings of self-doubt in 2005 when I dropped off hardcopies of my poems to the submission box on the Cascadia College campus. Looking back, I have no regrets. The poem, “Visiting Rose Haven Adult Family Home,” was eventually included in the anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease, edited by Holly J. Hughes with forward by Tess Gallagher. My four poems accepted that year are found on the link below and the poems include: Family Photo, 1975, p. 23; Weekend in June, p. 27; Visiting Rose Haven Adult Family Home, p. 46; Mid-Life Reflection Labor Day Weekend, Along Hood Canal, p. 56.

I think it takes courage because we are trying to communicate from the interior world where there are no roadmaps for us to find the right words, and yet we encourage one another anyway.

Jalen Suggs & the Lyric Moment

I was hoping Sherman Alexie would write about the 2021 NCAA College Basketball highlights because I shouldn’t. I’m an outsider who never played except 7th grade PE. I remember feeling slow as a slug, stuck to the slick gym floor, not knowing where to pass. Even now, when I pick up the basketball that belongs to my grandson, I cannot dribble without traveling, so who am I? I realize college is about stats and NBA spots, but Jalen Suggs making a three-pointer just inside the final buzzer is to basketball what Mikhail Baryshnikov is to ballet. No matter the music, it is the reaching that I love.

Yes, we live in one of the most expensive in the nation, but it wasn’t always that way

Sigmund Freud kept a dream journal from the time he was ten years of age. Our dreams matter, the nudge at 2 am to think clearly, bridge across the life span. Students in my General Psychology classes laugh about Freud, but no one admits to journaling their dreams from childhood. But this is not a dream journal. I am writing about the American Dream to own a house, raise a family, belong to a neighborhood. Real dreams are remembered only partially, in pieces, lost in the morning.

Here is what I remember: When I go back far enough, we lived on Bernal Drive in Salinas, CA. My parents were married one year. We move to Redwood City. Mom is pregnant with my brother, I’m less than a year. Dad opens a corner grocery on El Camino. We live above the store until the house on St. Francis Street is built with GI bill financing. Dad was in the Navy in S. Pacific during WWII. Chronology gets in the way.

My grandson is eight. He lives with us in the split level we bought in 1979. I wanted to start my own preschool. to be cont.

What I am doing in the wake of the Atlanta shootings last week

I am responding based on who I am.

Because I am a grandmother to eight grandchildren who are white I will continue to share resources with my three daughters that include essential books for youth available at our local bookstore, BookTree in Kirkland. The book list is long, but the following books are a good place to start:

Stamped – Racism, Antiracism, and You, Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi, Little Brown, 2020

brown girl dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson, Puffin Books, 2014

Ink Knows No Borders, Poems of the Immigrant & Refugee Experience, edited by Patrice Vecchione & Alyssa Raymond, Seven Stories Press, 2019

Because I’m a college instructor I will advocate for venues that offer students, faculty and staff opportunities to grow in our understanding of what is meant by institutional racism as well as what is involved in becoming antiracist. Reading and reflecting with others in dialogue takes courage and I will show by my behavior that I do not exempt myself from this life-long work.

Because I am able-bodied I will use my strength and stamina in the interest of repairing the things I can.

Because I have room outdoors to grow vegetables, flowers and trees, I will strive to never forget this privilege comes with responsibilities to safe-keep the environment.

Because I have friends, neighbors and family, as well as students and colleagues, who are Asian American, I will strive to be available for support and problem-solving.