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Vonn Now Doing The Right Thing

14 Feb

We have been following Lindsey Vonn’s injury from the onset (2/4/11), through her saying all the right things (2/10/11) and now with her pulling out of the rest of the World Championships (via Yahoo! Sports);

No longer willing to risk further injury as she copes with the aftereffects of a mild concussion, the Olympic downhill champion has decided to withdraw from her remaining events at the world championships.

That Vonn was cleared to ski when still reporting such symptoms drew a wave of criticism. If a second impact occurs before someone completely gets over an initial concussion it can have life-altering effects.

Vonn had a head scan the day after her crash but was never banned from skiing by the U.S. team. She passed a series of concussion protocol exams multiple times each day during the championships.

That information did not slip one of the foremost writers on this injury, Alan Schwarz Continue reading

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Vonn Now Saying Right Things

10 Feb

As we discussed last Friday, Lindsey Vonn had suffered a concussion in a training run leading up to the Finals of the World Cup.  We were concerned with how her and her team were handling the issue, however the tune has changed, for the better.  Vonn is now saying what all professional athletes should be;

“The second I have a headache or focus problems, I’m going to stop,” Vonn said. “I want to be really careful from here on out. It’s a pretty bad sign that I had symptoms again after the super-G, which means that I’m not recovered yet, so I’m not going to take any chances.

“This is a dangerous downhill, and if I don’t feel like I can focus then I’m not going to do it.””The second I have a headache or focus problems, I’m going to stop,” Vonn said. “I want to be really careful from here on out. It’s a pretty bad sign that I had symptoms again after the super-G, which means that I’m not recovered yet, so I’m not going to take any chances.

“This is a dangerous downhill, and if I don’t feel like I can focus then I’m not going to do it.”

Another good sign is US Woman’s ski team doctor, William Sterret, is also saying all the right things and making her recovery very transparent for all to see;

“If there are positive symptoms – things like nausea or headache or feeling like you’re in a fog – any of those things, then you’re shut down for sure,” Sterett told The AP. “Once these symptoms become negative, then we go onto more cognitive testing – balance, memory, repetition – things that are easily defined and measured.

“Again, if you don’t pass that then you’re done again. Once you pass that, then we take a step backwards to the subjective test list and try to slowly increase the stress or exertion on an athlete.”

Hey HOCKEY, get a clue!!!

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