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I just recently blogged about the strange ways that brain injuries can manifest. I also commented that many head injuries occur during sporting events. Then, just yesterday, we see this frightening moment at New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians game:

Thankfully, the Indians pitcher, David Huff, says he is doing just fine:

Amid an outpouring of well wishes, Huff tweeted the following to fans at about 7:30 p.m. ET on his Twitter page at @DHuff11: "Everything is good. It was a little scary, but I’m out of the hospital now and with my family. Thank you all for your concern and support."

We also learned this week that legendary child actor Gary Coleman sadly passed away as a result of a stroke caused by a head injury:

Coleman died after being stricken with a brain hemorrhage following an accident at his home in Santaquin, Utah, on Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was rushed by ambulance to a Provo hospital, Coleman’s spokesman had said earlier Friday.

These two stories highlight the need to take brain and head injuries seriously. If you know someone who has been stricken by a head injury, you should consider visiting the website of the Brain Injury Association of America or that of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators. The Head Injury Emergency website is also a great resource for what to do following a head injury.

Regardless of who you contact, it is imperative that even the smallest bump on the head be taken seriously and that medical attention be sought if necessary. As the summer months roll in and we all take place in more outdoor activities, let’s stay safe and be vigilant in treating even the most minor of head injuries.

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  1. This is a very good reminder, thankfully more and more discussions on this topic are forcing coaches to take these injuries seriously.

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