Found July 27, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Concussions. It's a word that strikes fear into anybody facing its life-changing symtoms. And back-up catcher David Ross of the Red Sox is experiencing all of that first hand in 2013. Problems in his vestibular system, which controls balance and movement, came also with headaches, nausea that felt like seasickness, and irritability. “There were some spots where you get that headache coming on and some things are distracting you and it just kind of gets annoying in your head,” Ross said. “Your attitude changes. My wife would say I’m not really behind my eyes. Kind of spaced out.” Because Ross was placed on the 60-day disabled list, he cannot return to the roster until Aug. 14. He hopes to be ready around that time according to Ian Browne of Ross suffered two concussions in a span of 33 days earlier this season. Both were the result of foul balls hitting him in the facemask. The second, June 14 in Baltimore, was so severe that doctors told Ross he should return to his home in Tallahassee, Fla., to recover. The loud noises and bright lights at major league games would make sitting in the dugout detrimental. On Thursday, Ross was back with his teammates after being cleared by a specialist. The game against the Tampa Bay Rays was rained out and will be played on Monday. But Ross was thrilled to be back in the clubhouse. The 36-year-old Ross has been largely free of symptoms for three days as of Thursday, June 25th. On Tuesday, he passed all the tests administered by Dr. Michael Collins, a concussion specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has a long way to go. “Things are kind of day to day,” Ross said. “There’s days I’ve felt really good for half a day and then I’ll have about two hours’ worth not so great. They don’t want that stuff to come back. “There’s still a threshold they could push me to things not being good. They want to get past that so when I do take another foul ball or have something, there’s no panic. I’ll be back to normal.” Being home with his wife, Hyla, and two children in the middle of the season was unusual for Ross, a 12-year major league veteran. “It was weird. I’ve never been home during the season,” he said. “The perspective from home, just watching on TV, there’s not a more frustrating thing you can do when you’re on a team. I’ve yelled at the TV too many nights. I’m glad to be back so I can yell from the dugout.” Ross has been working out, mainly weightlifting and cardio work on an elliptical machine or stationary bicycle. He also has played catch and hit baseballs off a tee. “It should pick up as long as everything goes well. It should pick up pretty fast,” he said. “I’ll be doing some running drills and things with head movement. Getting used to the environment. Some of those things bothered me a little bit when I was home.” Collins told Ross that a concussion had to be treated like any other injury. His rehab work has included vision exercises and balance testing. Initially, Ross has been told to spend only three innings in the dugout and to work out at 50 percent of his usual effort. He will build from there, and eventually start a minor league rehabilitation assignment. “Once I get up to 70 or 80 percent things will go pretty quick I think,” he said. Ross accompanied the team to Baltimore on Thursday night and into the weekend. Ross had played 23 games and hit .185 before the second concussion. The Sox signed him to a two-year, $6.2 million contract because they valued his defensive skills and righthanded power. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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