PODCAST: E14 Kevin Saum’s Near-Death Concussion & His Triumphant Recovery

In this episode, we interview former West Morris Central runningback Kevin Saum. Kevin suffered a traumatic brain injury called Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) during a high school football game against Morris Knolls on October 5, 2007. SIS has a 50% mortality rate and nearly 100% morbidity rate, yet Kevin miraculously survived with full cognitive and physical abilities, but was no longer able to pursue his dream of playing college football. Although Kevin knew how fortunate he was, his transition to life after sports was trying. Despite his disappointment and depression, Kevin felt inspired to be the voice for those athletes who weren’t as lucky as he was and cannot share their story. Heads ‘N Tales was created to be a platform where athletes can share their tales of perseverance to help inspire anyone in their time of need.

After graduating from Georgetown with a master’s degree in sports industry management and with hopes of raising concussion awareness and improving sports safety, Kevin Saum established the Heads ‘N Tales podcast to share inspiring stories of perseverance and the latest innovations in sports health.

Keep your arms and legs in the vehicle at all times folks and buckle up as you listen to Kevin’s amazing story of heart break, despair and triumph.

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Photos of Kevin

Here is a photo of Kevin playing his last high school football game ever moments before he would be air-lifted for emergency care (photo courtesy of Heads N Tales).

 

Kevin credits West Morris Central’s long time athletic trainer Suzanne Barba (right) for calling for an emergency helicopter on October 5th, 2007 because of symptoms Kevin was showing of a brain bleed that even the on-the-field doctors didn’t detect (photo courtesy of Heads & Tales).

Through Kevin’s Heads N Tales podcast, he’s had the pleasure of interviewing amazing sports figures like Rutger’s Eric LeGrand (photo courtesy of Heads & Tales).

 

Kevin’s Heads N Tales podcast has been a source of inspiration that has helped thousands of other people recover from tragic and traumatic experiences (photo courtesy of Heads N Tales).

Kevin’s Heads & Tales podcast has gotten him recognized all over the country and in 2017 he was honored with the Contribution to Amateur Athletics by the National Football Foundation (photo courtesy of David Kramer).

 

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