It is a good thing to get questions in the inbox; more people wanting to find out more information about concussions. That being said, as I state in the replies, a medical doctor should be the one to go to with problems with head injuries. Use that as a base to all the “information and advice” that follows. We will run the mailbag as a main theme presents itself; this edition will be about “The Weekend Warrior” or non-sanctioned athlete. If you have questions and want them addressed in my professional, and sometimes comedic, opinion send it TO US.
We will begin with “T-Money”:
So I am playing some beer league softball and roving the outfield like Jim Edmonds in the early 00’s. A ball is hit to the gap and I take off like a bullet and as the ball approaches the ground I dive and make the grab, well I guess I did. I do not actually recall making the grab only opening my eyes and seeing the ball in the glove and everything was yellow. Not a sunny yellow but the yellow of a softball. I thought it was just because I was looking at the ball, but it was a night game and after I threw the ball to a teammate from my bum I tried to stand up. And couldn’t, not that I was dizzy, but just didn’t have the power and the yellowness of my vision was very perplexing. I figure I just got dinged a bit, what are your thoughts, and I did catch the ball! By the way the yellowness went away after about five minutes.
Nice catch man, hope it was worth it! This “ding” you are describing is a concussion; altered brain function. You have described vision impairment (was the yellow like those cool Oakley’s?), memory impairment with a lapse in time, and unable to get up immediately, some motor impairment. It sounds like you got home OK, but you best bet would be to lay low for a couple of days and let the symptoms die down. If you are already taking fish oil, bump up your dosage for about a week and monitor your symptoms. Seek a doctor that has experience in concussions with worsening symptoms, and head to the ER if symptoms become very worrisome.
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