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6C Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Representatives from Feather River College's athletics department meet with members Of the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research team at the college Aug. 7. The team will be testing FRC athletes throughout the next year, hoping to gather information on concussions. From left: Kevin Trutna, Merle Trueblood, Sarah Jackson, Keith Tatsukawa, Kevin Varner, Kelsey Zuckerman, Juan Nunez and Valerie Campa. Photo by James Wilson F:RC athletics participates in new concussion study James Wilson state-of-the-art technology that cognitive tests will play Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com For the first time in the history of sports medicine, an accurate way to quickly test for concussions is under development, and Feather River College's athletes are helping with the research. FRC athletics, picked as the only college athletic program involved in the study, is participating with the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research on developing a high-tech way of testing for concussions. Currently, tests done on the sidelines to assess a head injury can produce inconclusive or even false results. The Truckee-based institute believes it has pinpointed a way to determine whether an athlete has a concussion or not quickly. Though details on the institute's techniques were not revealed, research representative Dr. Keith Tatsukawa asserted the techniques involve created at the Tahoe institute. "Concussions are so individual," said Tatsukawa on the institute's approach to the research being done. "We're looking for a method to evaluate concussions in a quick fashion on the sidelines:" Concussions on the field can be extremely dangerous for athletes. If an athlete goes back on the field too early and is concussed again, serious brain damage can occur. The Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research hopes to make this problem a thing of the past by creating individual tests tailored to each athlete. Tatsukawa and his colleagues from the institute spent Aug. 7 at FRC administering initial assessments on the student athletes. The goal last Thursday was to get a normal reading from the students. Based on observations of the research team testing FRC's athletes, it is apparent a large part in the way athletes will be evaluated on the sidelines this year at FRC. The technology the institute is developing will undoubtedly play another large part. Throughout this next year, if FRC's athletes believe they may have a concussion, a similar test will be administered and the results will be compared with the initial readings. Researchers hope to diagnose concussions based on differences in the brain's signature. Tatsukawa stated his team of doctors will focus on more high-risk sports, but all the athletes at the college will be tested. The research institute is hoping to collect enough data this year to prove its previous findings, and administer its techmques on a lager scale. Eventually, the methods tested on FRC athletes through the next year may be used in every high school, college and professional venue throughout the world. NTS OLYMPICS August 23, 2014 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lassen County Fairgrounds 195 Russe[t Ave. Bring your famity and join us for fitness, food and funl Medals will be awarded to competitors in different events Nine-hole Frisbee golf Hula Hoop demonstration Dandy the Smokeless Dragon and Jeremy Germ .... Educational booths Fun activities! Bounce City, water slides, obstacle course, scavenger hunt :' Pirate Mania soccer Cam p ..... ; i + Emergency vehicl e displays from the California,Highway Patrol and Other local law enforcement ,.. Dental Heatth Screening by Indian Health Services *Reminder to bring swimsuits and towels for the watersfide. *There will be an extra bus stop for bus transportation. This event is brought to you by the Banner Lassen Medical Center Foundation, Inc, with support from Banner Lassen Medical Center. Geoff Leonhardt Crosses the finish line to win the 10-kilometer category of the Willie Tate Run/Walk. Leonhardt was the first person to beat Ramona Sanchez in the annual event in eight years. Photo by James Wilson Tate run yields some tough competition James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com For the first time in eight years, a new winner was named in the 10-kilometer race at the annual Willie Tate Run/Walk on Sunday, Aug. 10, in Portola. Geoff Leonhardt inched ahead of seven-time winner Ramona Sanchez to place first. Letlhardt finisl'idd the 1oK in 36 minutes, 25 seconds. Sanchez was close behind Leonhardt with a time of 37:42. The two were far ahead of the rest who entered the 10K. Matt Brubaker placed third in the category, coming in at 55:55. This year's run/walk drew 42 participants to the Portola City Park, where entrants started and finished. Thirteen runners tackled the 10K, while the rest ran or walked a 5-kilometer course. As was the case last year, women outnumbered men by quite a few in this year's annual event. Ryan Ress took first place in the 5K run with a time of 19:17. Ress was followed by Heather Wick, who finished in 21:26. Gary Brocks placed third in 26:02. Bill Sheahan, 89, was awarded the Rusty Spike Award for being the oldest participant. Each participant was well rewarded for his or her efforts, with plenty of snacks and drinks at the finish line, along with a goody bag and commemorative T-shirt. The annual event celebrated its 14th year. The run/walk was formed back in 2000 after beloved Portola High School instructor and coach Willie Tate passed away. Tate's family was in attendance at the race, including his mother Annie and his brother Charles. Money raised through registration of the run/walk :.: will go toward the Willie - - Tare Heart and Soul Award, a scholarship that is annually given to two student athletes from Portola High School. This year's scholarship was handed out to two worthy recipients: Trevor Ohle and Mariah Marsh. Along with the scholarship money, both received a plaque with an inscription that commends those "who embody the strengths of sportsmanship, motivation, and dedication inspired by Mr. Tate." For more information on the run/walk or to set up a donation for the scholarship fund, go to p0rtolarailroaddays.com. Railroad Days softball This team, which formed on short notice, smiles for the camera after winning the softball tournament at Railroad Days in Portola last Saturday. Four teams played in the tournament, which came down to two Quincy teams in the championship.-Top row, from left: little Marco Aragon, Sara Nolen, Cindy Schwartz, Marco Aragon, Zac Clift, Sergio Marquez and Javier Sylvia. Bottom row, from left: Amanda Nolen, Meredith Aragon, Kelby Gardiner and Jennie Mannle. Photo by James Wilson ERC volleyball receives As announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Monday, Aug. 4, the Feather River College volleyball team was selected for the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 school year. Feather River was one of academic accola, le 22 junior colleges throughout the nation selected for the award and the only member of the California Community College Athletic Association to receive the award. The award, Which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school :-. volleyball teams that .. ;.- displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.