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Baseball sign by the team of the Minnesota Twins.

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I’m becoming more interested in baseball, and since (a) my husband is a Minnesota Twins fan, and (b) the Twins have an outstanding farm team system and I really, really, REALLY like minor league baseball, it seemed like a good idea for me to also be a Twins fan (also, it keeps the household squabbling limited to non-sports themes).

Justin Morneau, Twins first baseman, played his first game yesterday since July 7, 2010 when he suffered a concussion during a game.  Even though it’s just a spring training game, Twins fans were ecstatic over seeing him play, and better yet, hearing that he felt good.

This made me curious about concussions in baseball.  I’ve heard a lot of news about concussions in all high school sports, and and in college and professional football, but not about baseball.  I found the following articles helpful:

  • An older article about emerging concerns about concussions: Baseball taking note of concussion
  • MLB is considering a shorter, 7-day disabled list, as a response to increased concern about concussions.  Once a player is on the 15-day or 6-day disabled list, they can’t come off it early, even if they are fully recovered.  Since most concussions are healed in a few days, some teams (and players) may be reluctant to utilize the 15-day list for concussion.
  • A 7-day DL would have to be approved by the player’s union. They are working with medical experts to study concussions, and come up with a comprehensive treatment protocol, that might include a 7-day disabled list.
  • A shorter DL might lead to too much of a one-size-fits all approach to concussion, which like any brain injury, requires a very personalized, individualized treatment approach (link here and many others).

Posted on March 9th, 2011 by Katxena