“C4-5 fracture-dislocation with quadriplegia,” is how the doctors first described his injury. …
… A month after he had won his medal at the Khelo India games, he had joined the national camp in New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Stadium. …
“I must have done it over a thousand times in my life. Even on the day I got injured, I performed it (Double Back on FX) three times cleanly,” he recalls. The fourth time though, he lost control. “My mind went blank at the top of the jump. …
In all suspected cases of concussion, the person should stop the activity right away. Continuing increases their risk of more severe, longer-lasting concussion symptoms, as well as increases their risk of other injury.
Anyone with a suspected concussion should be checked out by a medical doctor.
Neck pain or tenderness
Weakness or tingling in arms or legs
Severe or increasing headache
Seizure or convulsion
Loss of consciousness (knocked out)
Deteriorating conscious state
Vomiting more than once
Increasingly restless, agitated or combative
If any red flag symptoms are present, call an ambulance right away. These may be signs of a more serious injury.
Gymnasts competing skills on to hard mats that they’ve obviously rarely done on to competition mats.
Coaches should do a better job of simulating the competition landing in training.
The best I’ve ever seen was T&T coach Tammy Stephenson. She trained landings on to very high, very soft surfaces for most of the year. Prior to a competition she alternated layers of matting stiffened with sheets of plywood.