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BID Injury Report

Concussions Aren't Always What They Seem




On Friday, June 23, Josh Rutledge was placed on the Red Sox seven-day concussion disabled list. Reports say the utility infielder first experienced symptoms on May 29 in Chicago after making a diving play in center field. Initially, Rutledge played despite having symptoms, but they persisted. It became something he could no longer ignore.

"This behavior is common. Diagnosing a concussion can be difficult, so understanding whether or not you have a concussion isn’t always straightforward," says Joseph DeAngelis, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon in the Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

"After an accident, headaches and a sense of discomfort are common," says DeAngelis. "These subtle changes are not always obvious. They can linger and get worse over time."

Although concussion symptoms usually appear immediately after a head injury, some symptoms…

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Physicians at BIDMC do not treat Red Sox players and have no specific knowledge of player conditions.