MLB Concussion Update #8

As the regular season is winding down concussions in the MLB quickly took a bump.  The last time we updated you there were 9 reported concussions with another four in question.  This week with the return of symptoms for Justin Morneau, Chase Utley taking a ball off his helmet and Francisco Cervelli having symptoms after a collision; our listing now includes 11 players, officially.

Speaking of Utley, I love Will Carroll’s take on the semantics of the injury from his weekly UTK;

“The lightest of concussions” was how the Phillies phrased things after Utley was hit in the head. I’m not going to go all soapbox on you, but saying things like that don’t help. There are gradations, but does anyone say, “just a small heart attack,” or, “a light little cancer”? No, they don’t. Justin Morneau’s concussion didn’t seem like that big a deal at the time. Luckily, the deeds are better than the words here, as the Phillies are not just following the protocols, but making sure that Utley is getting the best care.

Last season we documented all the DL and concussion listings for MLB Continue reading

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Editorial, Crosby, Morneau & Ice Meets Ice

Sean Meister of Fox Sports Inside Hockey took a stance against the concussion problem beginning to plague the NHL.  In his editorial he used the instances of Sidney Crosby and Marc Savard as examples of how the NHL might not be doing enough.  Meister contends that even though the “more is needed” group is valid in all conversations, sometimes they are more worrisome than valid, this instance in hockey and with concussions is no such case.

Concussions are more than statistics on games lost and player performance. They are more than media buzz, commentator talking points and a reason to attack the game of hockey. And, ultimately, concussions are more than just a reality of a physical sport.

Often lost in all the analysis of what causes concussions is the result and aftermath of them.

This is where we stand on the issue as well.  The injury is going to occur in sport and life, but how we, as players, coaches, medical professionals and parents (just to name some) handle them is the real issue.  However the prevention of the injury itself is also an issue that should be addressed, and it is.

Currently we have only limited data suggesting the long-term effects of concussive episodes, and although they are very powerful,  waiting for all long-term studies to finish may be too long.  This issue takes a multidimensional approach including prevention, research, trial (and error), new evaluation tools, and management.  Is it the best we can do, yes…  Because doing nothing and ignoring the issue and denying the fact that something is happening is ‘dirty pool’ to all that have and will sustain concussions.

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Sidney Crosby is taking the recovery serious, Continue reading

Morneau Out For Season

With a season that started off as one of his best, Justin Morneau was getting ready for the All-Star Game and helping the Twins push for the playoffs.  Since July 7th, the Minnesota Twins had to do it without one of the best first basemen in the game.  On that day Morneau took a knee to the head while breaking up a double play and sustained a concussion.  Multiple attempts were made to get him back on the field, but each time met with a setback.  Now he has been ruled out of the post season completely by the organization.

Concussions are so different to all other injuries that not one person reacts the same to each incidence.  The Minnesota Twins deserve A LOT of credit by putting this issue front and center and handling it like it should be.