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Kyle Kendrick diagnosed with “mild” concussion

Jul 1, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

Kyle Kendrick, Stephen Fife, A.J. Ellis AP

Kyle Kendrick was hit on the back of the helmet by a pitch while batting yesterday and the Phillies right-hander has been diagnosed with a “mild” concussion.

Of course, because so-called “mild” concussions are still brain injuries that label tends not to mean a whole lot, as Justin Maxwell of the Astros proved most recently. Kendrick’s next start is in jeopardy and, as with all brain injuries, it won’t be surprising if the Phillies eventually place him on the disabled list.

Kendrick actually stayed in the game after being hit and pitched the next half-inning, but Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he “left with a headache after that” and “will be re-evaluated Monday in Pittsburgh.”

  1. raysfan1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    “Of course, because so-called “mild” concussions are still brain injuries that label tends not to mean a whole lot”

    Exactly. It’s a terrible and misleading term that needs to go away. Recovery can be quite variable and sometimes protracted no matter how benign-appearing the injury initially seems.

    • rcdck - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      There really is no way to classify head injuries. The usage of terms like “mild” and “minor,” despite the medical community’s abandonment, persists. By incorrectly applying such labels, nothing is accomplished: it’s not a more specific diagnosis, but rather a crutch for the populace’s ignorance.

      If a doctor told a woman she had a “mild” pregnancy, he or she would instantly be ridiculed and lose all credibility. Somehow, professional baseball organizations, however, receive a free pass for a comparable gaffe. A concussion is a concussion, yet somewhere in the exchange of information from the medical personnel to the team’s beat writers, this simple, crucial fact is misunderstood.

      • flamethrower101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        And on that basis alone Kendrick will probably make his next stop without any consideration for the DL.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        I understand I’m in the minority here, but there are varying degrees of any injury. You can have a small fracture in your bone, or you can have a clean break. They’re both a broken bone, they just use different terms than “mild” break and “major” break (fracture vs. break). Maybe concussions need a similar change in terms.

      • paperlions - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        As all concussions are not equally severe, what system of terminology would you prefer to delineate varying degrees of concussive brain injury?

        …and the pregnancy analogy is 12 kinds of stupid, one is either pregnant or not, similarly one has either a concussion or not….however, there is a huge amount of variation in what the term “concussion” can mean…thus the handy modifiers to indicate the relative severity of the injury.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        As a physician, I prefer to just use the term ” concussion” unless there is another concomitant finding, such as a subdural hematoma. Without such additional findings, the only way to tell severity is by symptoms, particularly symptom resolution.

        I’ll use an example of an athlete I treated–she got struck by a ball in the head. She was not knocked unconscious, initially had mild dizziness and a headache. CT scanning, etc, was all negative. Her injury was just what the media and other lay people like to call “a mild concussion.” She then developed nausea and would have severe head pain every time she was exposed to bright light or loud noise. This persisted for three weeks. Sorry, that’s not “mild.” As I stated in my first note, recovery is variable. The term “mild concussion” is misleading and needs to go away.

    • indaburg - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Thank you, Dr. As a nurse, I’ll keep fighting the good fight too. The phrase “mild concussion” needs to be extinguished. Any time you bruise an organ as critical as your brain, it is not minor.

  2. Ducky Medwick - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I may have committed some “light” treason.

  3. steelers88 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Well at least his going to Pittsburgh where they are known for their brain surgeons and doctors.

  4. historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    What’s with the heads lately??? Sheesh.

  5. illadelphiasphinest - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Why is he getting pitched up n in to begin with?

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