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Pam Oliver Was Seriously Concussed From A Football To The Head

Sideline reporter Pam Oliver was hit in the head with a football during a preseason game, and no one thought much of it. But Saturday, Oliver revealed that the contact was bad enough to give her a serious concussion.


After the hit, Oliver continued working the game with little effects, but she started dealing with brutal effects of the hit the following day.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News had the details:

After waking up that Monday her head hurt so much she had to hold it. “The sensitivity to light started and some nausea too,” she said, “my whole body was sore.” Oliver went to the doctor. The CT Scan came up clean, but she was diagnosed with a concussion. Oliver spent the next five days in a dark room inside her home.

“I slept for hours on end. The minute you wake up you’re reminded. Your head is pounding,” she said. “I really could not take light — the light from the TV, the accent lighting. The sun was completely my enemy. My blinds were drawn. It was miserable.”

When Oliver wasn’t sleeping she wondered how long she would be living in the dark. “I worried about my memory, but after five days things began clearing up,” she said. “I felt clear-headed and stronger, but the headaches still come and go.”


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