Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Greg Bowman

CAMPUS:

  • A Western doctoral candidate is going to use one of the most competitive scholarships in the province to the look of head injuries in soccer. Alexandra Harriss is one of just nine Ontario scholars to earn a 2019-20 Women’s Health Scholars Award. The honour is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and was established to ensure that Ontario continues pre-eminent women’s health research. 
  • While much of concussion research surrounds male football players, Harriss is looking at head injuries in female soccer players, with women having a higher rate of head injuries, reporting more severe and prolonged symptoms. 
  • In 2016, she teamed up with the Ontario Player Development League and Burlington Youth Soccer Club on the largest and most comprehensive study assessing repetitive head injury in female adolescents. Using specialized sensors players wore as headbands, she explored changes in brain function that occur as a result of head-to-head, head-to-ground and head-to-ball impacts during practice and game play.
  • Her initial work showed that female teenagers frequently experience head impacts during soccer games, many of them comparable to those in American football.
  • With two journal articles published out of that work thus far, Harriss hopes to clarify some of those questions thanks to further research made possible by the award.
  • Next summer, she will revisit the teams with hopes the additional data will help develop criteria to reduce the risk of brain injury – including possible new ways to coach and play the game – as well as ways to identify risks for specific players.

LOCAL:

  • London’s public transit system is set for an overhaul that includes changes to 41 of its 42 routes, extended service hours and two new express lines.
  • The London Transit Commission (LTC) made the announcement whose details have been available for a couple weeks, at its headquarters yesterday morning. Nine routes will have their service hours extended to 1 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays.
  • The route changes will begin Sept. 1. LTC staff will be on location at key transfer stations to assist riders during the first week of the changes.
  • As a result of the changes, 450 employers in London not serviced by public transit will have bus service available to their employees.
  • Kelly Paleczny, general manager of London Transit Commission, said the route modifications are meant to “simplify the service.”
  • Two new express routes will connect Masonville Place and White Oaks Mall, and Argyle Mall and Western University. Another route will provide direct transit between Fanshawe College and Western.
  • The White Oaks and Wilton Grove industrial areas also will see additional service. The LTC already has approved the next five-year plan and will continue to make improvements to the city’s transit system.

SPORTS:

  • It’s the opening round of the CP Canadian Women’s Open golf tournament in Aurora, Ontario.
  • Canadian Brooke Henderson will be looking to defend her champion, as the top female golfers from around the world will be competing.
  • Be sure to stay updated on Radio Western’s social media and our website for more of Steve’s coverage of the Canadian Open. 

WEATHER:

  • We have a nice one on our hands today, with a high of 23 and mostly sunny skies.
  • Dipping to 13 overnight but the skies will remain mainly clear.
  • Tomorrow will see similar conditions, 23 degrees and mostly sunny skies.
  • Then copy and paste that into Saturday, because it’s going to be 23 and mainly sunny