Orlando Hudson

Yesterday in Florida, Orlando Hudson (of the San Diego Padres) made a terrific effort and catch in foul territory, however what happened after will be a point of discussion. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO (from MLB.com).

Hudson made the catch and his momentum caused him to collide with the wall (padded), striking his head/shoulder first.  It was apparent that Hudson was out after the catch, later to be confirmed by his manager;

“It was a scary moment,” manager Bud Black told the Associated Press. “When a guy goes unconscious, you’re worried. Any sort of collision with a wall or a teammate is just a sickening feeling in your stomach, and I think we all had that.”

The athletic trainers ran onto the field to assess the situation, once there, it was deemed necessary to stabilize his neck and put him on a spine board for medical evacuation.  As he left the field Hudson was moving all extremities and even gave a thumbs up.  Reports later had Hudson walking and changing his clothes just after being removed from the field, while wearing his neck brace.  He later went to the hospital for a full exam including imaging (which has come back as normal).

This is a perfect example of what can happen on the baseball field and the great reaction of the medical team, however judgement is still out on how the player and team handle the actual situation.  There has not been any “label” on the injury as of yet, however it is my opinion it should be rather simple; “concussion”.

They should not be afraid of the term concussion, no one should, it is part of sports; but I have found out from various sources that MLB teams are very “gun-shy” of labeling an injury a concussion.  This is because due to their (MLB) concussion policy and algorithm once an injury is called a concussion they MUST go through the protocol set forth, which includes a lot of documentation and testing that some teams feel may be unnecessary in all cases.  This is the reason, again in my opinion, that we now are hearing the term “head contusion” more often, this buys teams time to reassess the injury over a day or two before beginning the MLB Concussion Algorithm.

Lets be perfectly clear, Orlando Hudson showed signs of a concussion, a pretty obvious one at that; if he were a MMA fighter or boxer he would be medically suspended for at least 30 days.  The MLB needs to figure out a way that every true concussion can be labeled a concussion.  Perhaps refining the processes by which teams report to the league itself, or trimming down some of the paperwork; what NEEDS to happen is teams calling an injury exactly what it is as it becomes clear or is obvious.

Hudson did not travel with the team to Philadelphia last night, but is listed as day-to-day, but aren’t we all?

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