Using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to study the effects of soccer 'heading,' researchers have found that players who head the ball with high frequency have brain abnormalities similar to those found in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients.
Larranaga recently told a story about how Miami Heat star, and former Georgia Tech player, Chris Bosh helped motivate the team prior to Larranaga's first season in Coral Gables. The coach reminisced about a summer day in 2011 when Bosh played pick-up with the 'Canes. After the game, Larranaga asked the All-Star for his assessment. Bosh said Miami's players weren't running the floor or working hard:
"I asked [Bosh] if he would mind sharing that with the team. This was right after [the Heat] had lost in the world championship to Dallas. One day with the whole team in the weight room lifting, I asked him to say a few words. He started out with an emotional message. It was the best five-minute talk I've ever heard. He talked about how disappointed he was that he didn't play better in Game 6 and how disappointed he was that they didn't win the world championship and he didn't want to live with that kind of regret and that he was killing himself during that offseason so that the Miami Heat could win the world championship.
"He said, 'You guys don't work hard enough. You don't deserve the success you'd like to have. You can't compete at the highest level of college basketball with the effort that you're giving.' It was just music to my ears because that was the message we were trying to deliver. Coming from Chris Bosh, it meant a whole lot to the team."