Apparently Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t just joining the New York Yankees to partake in baseball activities. He’s also playing the role of concussion expert after he reportedly shared some advice with promising young outfielder Clint Frazier.
Frazier was diagnosed with a concussion after hitting his head against the outfield wall while making a leaping attempt during Saturday’s Grapefruit League game. When Frazier arrived to camp on Wednesday morning, he explained that he was still unable to shake the symptoms. He specifically noted the lingering headaches, which were making it difficult to even comfortably sit on his couch.
Those comments understandably led to concerns that Frazier might be forced to miss extended time in spring training, which could ultimately hinder his chances of making the team. However, by Wednesday afternoon, Frazier was reportedly feeling better. Or at least well enough to hit baseballs off a tee. And the credit is going to Wilson for recommending that Frazier drink more water.
Clint Frazier says he feels better than earlier this morning, only slight headaches now. Russell Wilson recommended he drink water, which helped https://t.co/W9a01lcktw
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYDN) February 28, 2018
Clint Frazier (concussion) took 25 swings today – five off a tee, 20 front toss – and said that he felt much better. "I have my life back in me." Russell Wilson told him to drink as much water as possible… that's what they do in the NFL.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) February 28, 2018
If you recall, Wilson made some news just before the 2015 NFL season after he suggested that Recovery Water, a water brand he’s an investor in, actually prevents football players from sustaining concussions. At the time, he also clarified that it doesn’t help to heal concussions.
“I didn’t have a head injury, but what I was trying to say is I think it helped prevent it,” Wilson said at the time. “I think your brain consists of like 75, 80 percent water, so I think that just being hydrated, drinking the recovery water really does help.”
Drinking water is obviously good for the body in general. That’s not up for debate. Whether it can actually help deal with concussions, be it prevention or the healing process, is very much up for debate and may be due for a closer look.
At this point, there has been no scientific proof made available that suggests it in any way aids in preventing or even healing concussion symptoms. Of course, there’s also no suggestion that it hurts the process either. But it does seem a little dangerous to assign too much credit to an idea that hasn’t been accepted by those whose purpose is to study head injuries.
There’s probably no harm in taking Wilson’s advice, but head injuries should be treated and evaluated with caution and realistic expectations. That means listening to your body first and foremost. The important thing for Frazier will be to continue being honest about his symptoms. That will allow himself and the Yankees to take the appropriate steps based on what’s known about concussions here and now.
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