Personally I find it very hard to believe that a paramedic can conclusively diagnose whether someone will have lingering effects from a serious concussion on the spot. But what do I know, I'm not a wrestler?
As we reported here yesterday, Matt Hardy was involved in a very scary situation on Saturday night's Extreme Rising iPPV, Remember November. He was pushed off the top rope by Luke Hawx towards the end of his main event match with Shane Douglas and plunged face first to the unprotected wooden surface below, knocking him out cold and causing him to have convulsions. The video above was posted by Hardy on his YouTube channel today to thank all his fans for their well wishes, while assuring them that he suffered "no long term concussion affects" from his reckless fall:
"In case you haven't heard what happened Saturday night, I was majorly injured, I had head trauma, we thought it could be a really terrible concussion.... I was on the top rope and I was getting ready to put Shane Douglas through a table in our match and Luke Hawx actually came out from behind, he shoved me off the top turnbuckle down to the floor. He actually very recklessly shoved me where I lost total control of my body. I did a head first dive to the floor; there was no padding, there was no protection, nothing to break my fall except my big head. You can probably still see there's some bruising here. I lay there, I was totally unresponsive for a minute. For probably ten minutes I couldn't answer questions, my eyes were going all over the place. Every time I tried to communicate I actually vomited, I vomited on Reby three times. Sorry Reby! I did start getting my wits about me, I went to get back into the ring, I sat up and she made me, she said no keep your ass here, you're hurt, and fortunately the EMTs and the medics were out there doing the same. But it was a very serious situation and I feel like God and my mum was with me because I ended up not being as bad as I thought I was going to be originally, but for the first ten, fifteen minutes I was out there I was like puking, I was totally unconscious, had no idea where I was, almost went into a mini convulsion when I started talking. I feel like God blessed me and took care of me. I found out later after talking with the EMTs and the medics that I did suffer head trauma and I have no long term concussion affects, which is the good news.... For the fans that were there that night in Pittsburgh, I'm sorry there wasn't a finish to that main event. I can promise you if I hadn't got injured that night and not been able to continue, there would have been a finish to that match."
Part of this seems to be Matt milking the situation to put himself over as a wounded warrior, but clearly he also has a very lax attitude to the long term dangers of repeated head trauma and multiple concussions. Personally I find it very hard to believe that a paramedic can conclusively diagnose whether someone will have lingering effects from a serious concussion on the spot. But, moreover, the long term damage caused can be insidious, not showing up today, but many years down the road, in the form of the progressive degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Thus, Hardy was shortsighted and foolish to make such a conclusive statement about his wellbeing, just as he was by refusing to go to the hospital on Saturday night. He may feel relatively OK today, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's healthy enough to step back in the ring anytime soon.