When it comes to concussions and sports, the culture is supposed to be changing. It's not supposed to be a sign of toughness if a player suffers a blow to the head and stays in the game. A woozy player is not supposed to be told they simply "had their bell rung" and to get back on the field or ice. That's how it's supposed to be. But two recent incidents reveal there is still a long way to go. Athletes who suffer suspected concussions still have their toughness questioned.
"Faster, higher, stronger" is the Olympic motto, and some athletes will cheat to reach those goals. Unfortunately, the guardians of the Games still appear unwilling or unable to do everything it takes to stop them. The International Olympic Committee has done little since the 2016 release of two reports by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that detailed a state-sponsored doping program of "unprecedented scale" in Russia.
In late 2012, Canadian freestyle skier Dara Howell hit her head during a competition and suffered a concussion. It wasn't until 2016, nearly four years later, that she says the symptoms finally went away. Instead of sitting out after her injury, Howell barely missed a beat, spending the next year feverishly preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics, where she won a gold medal in slopestyle.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".