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Dr. Johnny Benjamin

Dr. Johnny Benjamin

Posted: November 10, 2009 09:40 PM

Cal Jahvid Best's Future in Question After Spectacular Concussion

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Jahvid Best is the amazing running back for the University of California Golden Bears football team.  He is known for his abilities both on and off the field.

On November 7th as his team battled Oregon State University in a fierce Pac-10 battle, Best made one of his spectacular forays into the end zone for which he has become famous.  Unfortunately, this dash will most likely be his most memorable for all of the wrong reasons.

As Jahvid Best leapt over a defender he was struck catapulting him higher into the air, much higher.  He landed awkwardly on his upper back with tremendous force.  He immediately appeared to lose consciousness and his entire body became rigid…not a good sign medically.

He spent an excruciatingly long period of time lying motionless on the field.  Proper medical attention was immediately available and rushed into action.  Best was immobilized and transported to an equipped medical facility.

Reports state that Jahvid is thankfully moving his arms and legs, has not suffered a spinal fracture or permanent spinal cord injury and is experiencing a concussion.  Thank you, Jesus. 

Unfortunately if reports are accurate, this is his second concussion in eight days.  Now his future: immediate, short-term and distant has been brought into question.  When or should he be allowed to return to the contact of football?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again and again.  Concussions are serious brain injuries with the potential to permanently change lives and kill.

Thank God that Jahvid Best’s life was spared…this time.