a close call…

As an avid sports fan, my usual morning routine includes ESPN’s “Sports Center” on TV in the background as I prepare for work – especially during baseball season.  Although I usually am more focused on the teams based in San Francisco, I do enjoy viewing the highlights and low lights in all sports.  Of particular interest lately is Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ who, in early May, was struck in the head by a line drive. Although initial concerns were high – and rightfully so – Happ spent a night in the hospital and was released after being medically cleared.

Please watch and listen as Happ discusses his injury here.

Luckily for J.A. Happ, he is involved in professional sports and has access to the best medical attention one could hope for.  Surely, in the days following his injury, his neurological status was checked and re-checked, out an abundance of caution. Happ has been rehabbing slowly and has yet to return to the baseball diamond.  Meanwhile, doctors and trainers of the Toronto Blue Jays staff stay vigilant in their observations for signs or symptoms of more serious effects, which may not have been immediately evident.  Apparently, even professional athletes have moments where sports can quickly become inconsequential.

Many of our younger patients enjoy sports, and although they may never anticipate this type of injury, one may occur and should ALWAYS be taken seriously.  Understandably, many of them do not have the same access to medical care as professional athletes, but there is still a lesson they can take away from this story:

Prioritizing sports ahead of your health is a really bad idea.

Posted on May 20, 2013, in From My Perspective.... Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Robert
    My Spanish godson, Rodrigo loves soccer and is very good at it for his young age. As you may know, in Spain soccer is almost the national religion, and unfortunately my concerns about “heading the ball” – which he loves to do – fall on almost deaf ears.


    • Robert Nurisio COVT

      Thanks, Linda. I have two patients (both 9yo boys) who eat, sleep, and breathe baseball, to the point their dads are almost maniacal. All we can do is educate on what to do if a head injury does occur, and hope for the best.


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