As a recent mishap proves, athletes are not the only people at a sporting event who risk head injuries. Spectators should be wary as well.
In an early November game against the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers’ rookie K.J. McDaniels accidentally gave a fan a concussion by powerfully blocking a shot from Greivis Vasquez. The ball was propelled into the stands and hit a woman in the head. When McDaniels heard about her concussion, he reportedly sent her flowers.
Of course, as humorous as these circumstances are, head injuries are never funny. This incident should be a reminder that brain injuries are not just the afflictions of athletes but can happen to anyone. Protect your brains, and if a basketball ever comes flying at your head, duck!
*Scientists have no conclusive evidence as to whether or how the reduction of g-forces during impacts reduces the number or degree of concussions and head injuries. GelDefender products provide supplemental padding as well as cooling and comfort benefits when used with helmets and caps. Participants in activities in which head impacts can occur should always use tested and approved helmets for protection. However, no helmet or supplemental padding can protect the user from all serious head or neck injuries that can result from impacts.