- Mar 30, 2015
- Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Not to be pessimistic, but I doubt this guy is going to pull through.
Perhaps, but from personal experience it's incredibly difficult to take a hit to the windpipe. The equipment (pads/helmet) are just too big to reach through the narrow space. However, these cardiac events while rare are more common in soccer. Plenty of YT videos out there which show how a player is just jogging around and then collapses.Tackles at the NFL level are more violent than we can imagine. My wife is a nurse and our daughter's boyfriend is a medical student and they speculated either commotio cordis or his windpipe got crushed. Both could explain why he got up initially (adrenaline) before his body realized something wasn't right. He didn't drop to the ground like "I don't feel good", he fell backwards, unconscious.
I believe "Pistol Pete" Maravich was playing in a "pick up" game after he retired from the NBA. He gave a short interview to a media guy courtside. The guy asked him how he felt. Pete said that he never felt better.
He walked away from the guy, dropped like a stone and died.
Yeah, that speculation was just a "maybe" scenario. If you watch the replay, you can see why it was a consideration but wasn't a certainty.it's incredibly difficult to take a hit to the windpipe
It's almost impossible to screen for heart electrical issues if the issue is not taking place during a 15 second EKG at the doctors office and that is the only thing that is done. When people get an EKG and it shows up perfect, that is a reflection of that 15 seconds in time that the heart was functioning properly, you can literally walk out of the doctors office and drop to the ground 3 minutes later.There are certain heart conditions that cause this and I would be very surprised if these athletes are not screened for these conditions before they play.
Jon Dorenbos was a long snapper on the EAGLES. He was traded to the Saints and as part of the trade, had to take a medical exam. They found his aorta was about ready to burst and rushed him into surgery. It ended his career but saved his life. They do complete medical exams for trades but doesn't seem like they do anything routine for players.There are certain heart conditions that cause this and I would be very surprised if these athletes are not screened for these conditions before they play.