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Ocean wave smacking= head concussions

shootingstar2012-01-15 19:24:41 +0000 #1
Yesterday I was shocked to learn that another worker who actually works on other side of my work cube, has sustained head injuries after she went swimming probably in strong waves down in Mexico.

She's had some strong headaches and so they scanned her head. X-rays show some dark spots, injuries.

I don't know how to swim, so I don't know about this type of injury.

I was shocked actually but dearie reminded me of the possible velocity and impact of rolling ocean waves.
tealtreak2012-01-15 19:28:13 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by shootingstar

Yesterday I was shocked to learn that another worker who actually works on other side of my work cube, has sustained head injuries after she went swimming probably in strong waves down in Mexico.

She's had some strong headaches and so they scanned her head. X-rays show some dark spots, injuries.

I don't know how to swim, so I don't know about this type of injury.

I was shocked actually but dearie reminded me of the possible velocity and impact of rolling ocean waves.

Hope she heals quickly! The ocean has to be respected- I broke some fingers and injured my wrist surf kayaking in 08- I still enjoy it- but no longer go out when it is rough........
marni2012-01-15 20:08:32 +0000 #3
what some people don't realize is that the brain actually floats within the skull so any hard bump or shake can cause the brain to rock and rebound off of the skull. Hence shaken baby syndrome. If she was diving into the waves or getting knocked over, it makes sense. Still surprising because one doesn't thing of a swim in the ocean waves as being that dangerous but obviously......

hope she feels better soon.

marni
OakLeaf2012-01-15 19:38:36 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by marni

one doesn't thing of a swim in the ocean waves as being that dangerous

I'm terrified of the ocean.

I'm an adequate, if slow, swimmer in pools. My only triathlon in a flat lake, I was super slow, but never felt frightened or overwhelmed by the open water or the kicking competitors. The ocean really scares me, even on the east coast where waves are almost never over 5'. Rip currents, jellyfish, sharks, and nothing in the other direction for three thousand miles. No thankyouverymuch.

Shootingstar, hope your friend makes a full recovery.

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