Author Archives: Rachael Humke

Headers and Head Injuries

Our brains are powerful things. They house our memories, our movements, our emotions. Damages to these entities can cause the development of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease later in life (Breslow 2014). We have heard connections between playing football and the development of head trauma displayed loudly in the news and in the 2015 movie Concussion.… Read More »

Identity through Sport: The Story of Athletic de Bilbao

The Spanish Constitution recognizes three historic nationalities: Basque, Catalan, and Galician[1]. The Basque region is an autonomous community located in the north of Spain and the south of France. They have been a community pushing for complete anonymity since the 1930s[2]. The Basques are a proud people with a culture, a language, and a football… Read More »

Meeting the FIFA Presidential Candidates

On January 26th FIFA confirmed five candidates: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne. The election will be held on the 26th of February in Zurich. This election will be the first since 1998 without Sepp Blatter, who stepped down in 2015 (“Fifa Presidency”, 2016). To… Read More »