Saturday, February 2, 2008

Baseball rarity: Post Concussion Syndrome

A pretty serious story about Corey Koskie's struggles to return to 'normalcy' after continuing to suffer from Post Concussion Syndrome. Evidently, on this play (picture below) in 2006, Koskie slipped backwards and suffered whiplash and a concussion. He's yet to play a game since then.

While concussions are commonplace in football, hockey, boxing and other "collision'' sports, Koskie is part of a much smaller fraternity in baseball. It was like a bolt from the blue last year when catcher Mike Matheny, widely regarded as one of the game's toughest customers, announced his retirement because of concussion-related issues.

Koskie, in contrast, is stuck in a sort of netherworld between acceptance and denial. He's not so bereft of hope that he's ready to call it quits, but he's realistic enough to know what the future holds.

Here's wishing he gets straightened out soon. Not so he can get back on the diamond, but for his boys and family.

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