Monday, November 18, 2013
As just about everyone who reads this website knows, I suffered a concussion in October due to a home accident: I was hit in the head with a metal sculpture. It did not seem like a big deal at first, but let me tell you, it turned out to be damned serious. I’m not just talking about having problems working at my writing job. It has impacted every phase of my life in a negative way.
So I’ve decided to write about it while it happens. Part of this is selfish: I need to prove to myself that I still can write, plus I want a chronicle of this experience for my own reasons. Part of it is practical: concussions and brain injuries are an ongoing story in the sports world, and I hope that my story will illustrate exactly how much of a problem these injuries are.
Posted: November 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM | 65 comment(s)
Friday, September 13, 2013
Concussions have been a major concern in Major League Baseball this season. About a dozen catchers have been placed on the seven-day concussion list because of head injuries, including former MVP Joe Mauer, who has not returned to the Minnesota Twins after almost a month on the sidelines.
Plus, it appears MLB is dealing with the same concussion culture that the NFL has been trying to change.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Ryan Doumit can’t remember exactly when he switched to a titanium catcher’s mask, but it was sometime around 2009.
The appeal, if not the outright benefit, seemed obvious.
“It’s extremely light, which is what catchers like,” said Doumit, in his second season with the Twins. “It’s kind of grown on me.”
The traditional steel mask is noticeably heavier, Doumit said.
“Throughout the course of the game, you start to feel it in the back of your neck,” he said.
Joe Mauer felt the same way about the switch to a titanium mask—which claims to be 10 times stronger than steel while weighing just 16 ounces—until he followed Doumit onto the concussion disabled list Aug. 20.
That continued a staggering trend for the month in which at least seven major league catchers suffered concussions while working behind the plate.
Also sidelined were Alex Avila (Detroit), Santiago Perez (Kansas City), Carlos Corporan (Houston), Yorvit Torrealba (Colorado) and John Jaso (Oakland).
Of those, at least three were believed to be using titanium masks at the time of their injuries. So were Doumit and Mauer.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
“Everybody says it’s bursitis,” Johnson said. “I thought if he took some anti-inflammatory it would calm it down, but it’s kind of been lingering. When he runs it swells up. He was jogging in the pool it swelled up from that. We’re concerned so we’ll get another opinion on it.”
One possibility Johnson acknowledged was Harper getting the bursa sac removed. His bursitis is due to swelling in the bursa sac in his left knee.
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