Tua Tagovailoa, the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, sustained a horrific injury on Thursday night during a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. While on the ground, his arms and fingers locked up in an unusual way.
Following his stretcher exit from the field, the team disclosed that Tagovailoa, 24, had injuries to his head and neck. Now that he’s in the concussion protocol, it might already be too late because the quarterback was also believed to have experienced a head injury a week before.
NFL Twitter is currently disputing the team’s denial that Tagovailoa had a concussion in that incident:
#TuaTagovailoa #DolphinsvsBengals Tua suffered a head & neck injury. severe spasm of his hands is a neurological reaction to the trauma to his head & nervous system. unfortunately compounded by last week’s trauma. stabilized for head & neck injury and carted off. @ESPNNFL @espn pic.twitter.com/wbnASAd2xE
— Marty Jaramillo (@mjsportspt) September 30, 2022
Tua Tagovailoa Injury Video
A medical professional on Twitter even said that tagovailoa’s life and career were in jeopardy since repeated concussions can have deadly effects:
This is a disaster. Pray for Tua. Fire the medical staffs and coaches. I predicted this and I hate that I am right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone. This can end careers. How are we so stupid in 2022. pic.twitter.com/D8S8eEbgda
— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) September 30, 2022
According to other comments, Tagovailoa’s finger locking is a definite indication of a “fencing response.” When someone sustains a traumatic brain injury from a powerful blow, like a concussion, their arms stretch into an abnormal position, known as the fencing response.
Contrary to Second contact Syndrome, the fence response happens immediately after contact and lasts for a short while.
What Happened to Tagovailoa?
On Twitter, a different medical professional expressed his concern that Tagovailoa might have dangerous Second Impact Syndrome. Second Impact Syndrome, as the name implies, occurs when someone who has just had a concussion is struck in the head before they have had time to heal completely.
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It seemed as though Tagovailoa had gone through decorticate posturing following the severe head injury. I’m hoping Tagovailoa gets better quickly and has enough time to heal before returning to the field.
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