32 episodes

Did you ever wonder how your favorite concussion researcher got interested in concussions? Or, what motivates them every day? Or, maybe even, what is their favorite podcast or current playlist? Join the U-M Concussion Center as we have informal conversations with world-renowned concussion researchers and friends of the center to help you get to know them a little better.

Concussion Headliners: Behind the Scenes with the Experts, Hosted by Steve Broglio University of Michigan Concussion Center

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Did you ever wonder how your favorite concussion researcher got interested in concussions? Or, what motivates them every day? Or, maybe even, what is their favorite podcast or current playlist? Join the U-M Concussion Center as we have informal conversations with world-renowned concussion researchers and friends of the center to help you get to know them a little better.

    Episode 30: John Ciecko III, President of Michigan Athletic Trainer's Association

    Episode 30: John Ciecko III, President of Michigan Athletic Trainer's Association

    It’s National Athletic Training Month and we caught up with John Ciecko III, MBA, ATC, President of the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS) and Health and Well-being Specialist with Personify Health. John shares stories of his family history and provides some valuable tips for clinicians on working with patients effectively. A Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast and believer in self-care, John lives by the quote “Nobody cares, work harder”.

    • 43 min
    Episode 29: Nichole Shotwell, President and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan

    Episode 29: Nichole Shotwell, President and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan

    We’re talking with Nichole Shotwell, president and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan on this week’s Concussion Headliner’s Podcast. From her unexpected academic journey at the University of Michigan to her love for The Big Bang Theory and Barenaked Ladies, Nichole's story is musically interesting and diverse. Raised in Metro Detroit, she reflects on meeting her husband online and shares insights into running the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. Join us for a pleasant conversation that brings together passion, laughter, and vanilla ice cream.

    • 31 min
    Episode 28: Dr. Julian Bailes, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, North Shore University Health System

    Episode 28: Dr. Julian Bailes, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, North Shore University Health System

    Join us today as we speak with Dr. Julian Bailes, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the North Shore University Health System and Co-Director of the North Shore Neurological Institute in Chicago, IL. With a successful career spanning three decades, Dr. Bailes brings extensive experience as a sideline physician for both NFL and NCAA teams.
    Born and raised in Louisiana and a graduate of LSU Medical School, Dr. Bailes shares insights into his journey, being the sole representative in the medical field among his siblings, attributing his career path to a passion for science at an early age. He discusses the evolving landscape of neurosurgery, emphasizing the importance of staying updated on advancements in the field, and notes a future characterized by smaller, faster, and more technologically driven procedures. Throughout our conversation, Dr. Bailes emphasizes lifelong learning and shares the importance of finding your passion and giving it your all.

    • 35 min
    Episode 27: Jared Odrick, former NFL defensive end and professional actor

    Episode 27: Jared Odrick, former NFL defensive end and professional actor

    Join us as we chat with Jared Odrick, a former defensive end in the NFL who grew up in Lebanon, PA. Jared was a standout athlete in college at Penn State before he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2010. Beyond football, he also made appearances on the popular TV series Ballers, and more recently showcased his acting in the 2022 action/fantasy film, Samaritan.
    In recent years, Odrick has found solace in racing cars, particularly Porches and Miatas, as a means to escape what he referred to as being identified as "the CTE guy", and to explore new passions. With a background as a multisport athlete, Odrick emphasizes the importance of diversifying sports interests at a young age to find one's true calling. He walks us through the transition from college to professional football, highlighting the shift from pure enjoyment to a more job-oriented mindset in the world of professional sports.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 31: Jeff Miller, NFL Executive VP of Communications, Public Affairs and Policy

    Episode 31: Jeff Miller, NFL Executive VP of Communications, Public Affairs and Policy

    Meet Jeff Miller, a seasoned executive who has been an integral part of the NFL since 2008 and currently serves as the executive VP of communications, public affairs and policy, as well as overseeing health and safety initiatives.
    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Law School, this Bayside, Wisconsinite roots for all NFL teams. Miller, a self-proclaimed mediocre college tennis player, developed a passion for presidential politics in high school, influencing his decision to attend law school and later, spend a decade on Capitol Hill. In 2016, he was the first league official to publicly connect football and CTE during congressional testimony, showcasing his commitment to addressing crucial health issues in the sport.

    • 38 min
    Episode 26: Dr. Willie Stewart, Consultant Neuropathologist at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow

    Episode 26: Dr. Willie Stewart, Consultant Neuropathologist at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow

    Join us this week for a conversation​ with Dr. Willie Stewart, a distinguished consultant neuropathologist at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and an honorary professor in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience. An international guest on our show, Dr. Stewart takes us on a journey through his life, sharing personal anecdotes from his upbringing on the outskirts of Glasgow. 
    With a candid reflection on his childhood, he discusses finding his passion for sports​ and opens up about challenges, including the emotional hurdle of losing his father just months before completing his undergraduate studies. A cycling enthusiast with two daughters also on their own journeys into the medical field, Dr. Stewart shares his aspirations for the next 5-10 years and belives in taking action over waiting. 

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

3MtoUM ,

An excellent introduction to the leading thinkers in concussion-related research

I particularly appreciate the accessibility of these podcasts for the non-specialist. There is a commendable attempt to ‘bridge the gap’ between the high level of scientific knowledge of these guests- all widely respected leaders in concussion and TBI-related research - and where casual listener might start. The host generally first probes the biography of the guest to try and build towards what eventually drew their interest/passion in the field of neuroscience, concussion, and other related matters. Look forward to how this series develops!

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