Love with Concussion

It’s the classic “mild” concussion, you know the same “mild” concussion that sat Sidney Crosby out for over a year or the same “mild” concussion that put Jonathan Toews off the ice for 22 games.  You know its only “mild”…  For PETE’S SAKE there is absolutely nothing mild about this brain injury, please read the link!

Wow, I feel better..

Last night in Denver Kevin Love, the Minnesota Timberwolf – or is it Timberwolve – was elbowed in the head and crumpled to the floor.  It took a minute then he was helped to his feet with the aid of teammates and ushered to the locker room.  After that quick stop Love went to a local hospital where he was observed overnight.  Fellow Timberwolf, J.J. Barea had this observation;

“As soon as he got hit, I knew he was out. He was talking, but he wasn’t all there, though.”

Like with other high-profile athletes it will be interesting to see how the recovery is handled.  With Minnesota likely not making the playoffs, the prudent action would be to erase all doubts and sit Love for the remainder of the season.  That is what I would advise, if anyone is listening.

NBA Post Season Concussion Report Week 1

Throughout the year we have been chronicling concussions in the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League and now both sports are in the post season.  Obviously there have been more concussions in the NHL than the NBA but this time of year will lend itself to more “exposure” to the injuries sustained on the court or ice.  We will be noting those injuries that are both ACTUALLY listed and suspected.

We only found/heard of 12 concussions in the NBA this past season so the rate of them in the playoffs should be extremely low.  I have my suspicions as we see the second season progress.  Case-in-point Indiana Pacer Tyler Hansbrough, I give you Exhibit A;

There has yet to be an official listing of “head/concussion” for Hansbrough as of late last night.  With that being said, it would be good to review the basic definition of a concussion; a disruption of normal brain function to include symptoms and signs, both overt and subtle.  Hansbrough appeared to be “out” on the floor, and was very “wobbly” on his feet in the tunnel; both obvious signs of head trauma to this observer.  Granted his symptoms could have resolved in that short period of time before he came back into the game, the portrayal in the media was that he was a “warrior” and able to play through the pain.  The exact cause of the stigma we are trying to change.  Tyler Hansbrough is our only NBA listing at this time.

NBA Concussion Report #7

Our periodical report for The Association.

These do not occur as often as football and hockey for a couple of reasons, one; fewer players equals less incidence and two; the reporting of injuries is up to beat writers, as I have yet to find an official league injury page.  I will be using the standard CBSsports.com and ESPN for compiling this information.

A rarely reported injury in The Association, concussions, has become front and center today as Monta Ellis of Golden State has been added to the list of NBA’ers with the injury.  Here is the full list, if anyone knows of more send it our way;

  • Sasha Vuajcic, Lakers – 10/14/10
  • Carlos Delfino, Bucks – 11/29/10
  • Taj Gibson, Bulls – 12/20/10
  • Corey Maggette, Bucks – 12/20/10
  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks – 1/1/11
  • Mike Miller, Heat – 2/11/11
  • Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks – 2/21/11
  • Vince Carter, Suns – 3/1/11
  • Damion James, Nets – 3/5/11
  • Anthony Morrow, Nets – 3/5/11
  • Chris Paul, Hornets – 3/6/11
  • Monta Ellis, Warriors – 4/10/11

We will update as warranted…

NBA Concussion Report #5 (UPDATE)

Our periodical report for The Association.

These do not occur as often as football and hockey for a couple of reasons, one; fewer players equals less incidence and two; the reporting of injuries is up to beat writers, as I have yet to find an official league injury page.  I will be using the standard CBSsports.com and ESPN for compiling this information.

Last night a league star and point guard for the New Orleans Hornets, Chris Paul, was taken off the floor on a stretcher for a head injury.  He was treated and released from The Cleveland Clinic with a concussion, he will travel with the team to Chicago, but NOT play.

Also a great quote/thought from Patrick Michael of Yahoo! Sports;

Chris Paul’s concussion could keep him on the sidelines for two weeks or two months. We just don’t know. My point is that just because he is a star does not mean we will see him return any sooner because of that. In the meantime, get used to seeing Jarrett Jack running the point for the Hornets. In the short-term, I am not concerned about the Hornets. Jack has played very well of late and could be the starting point guard on most NBA teams. Look for the New Orleans Hornets to catch the Chicago Bulls on a letdown after their big win against the Miami Heat.

Here is the current list of NBA Concussions (that we can find); Continue reading

NBA Concussion Report #4 & Mike Miller: Not So Smart

Our periodical report for The Association.

These do not occur as often as football and hockey for a couple of reasons, one; fewer players equals less incidence and two; the reporting of injuries is up to beat writers, as I have yet to find an official league injury page.  I will be using the standard CBSsports.com and ESPN for compiling this information.

  • Sasha Vuajcic, Lakers – 10/14/10
  • Carlos Delfino, Bucks – 11/29/10
  • Taj Gibson, Bulls – 12/20/10
  • Corey Maggette – 12/20/10
  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – 1/1/11
  • Mike Miller – 2/11/11

That is all we have for now, if you get information about an NBA concussion, send it our way via email at theconcussionblog@comcast.net.

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Yesterday prior to the Miami Heat playing in Indianapolis Heat guard Mike Miller made note of how he has continued Continue reading