Donald Parham was having a nice season for the Las Angeles Chargers going into their Thursday night tilt against the Kansas City Chiefs. On a team loaded with superstars, he was able to contribute as one of many receiving options for quarterback Justin Herbert. The 24-year-old WR exhibited a ton of potential, but then tragedy struck.
All of that potential means very little for the moment. Football is the furthest thing from the minds of those close to Parham. During the game against the Chiefs, he suffered a very frightening injury.
After hitting his head on the turf while diving for a ball, the receiver was knocked out cold. He almost immediately began to show signs of his arms stiffening, a condition known as a fencing response. The fencing continued as Donald was strapped to a gurney and carted from the playing field.
Former professional wrestler Chris Nowinski is a pioneer in concussion research after his own career was ended early due to the injuries. He founded the Concussion Legacy Foundation to learn more about head injuries in athletes. He said he’s gravely concerned.
“I’ve spoken to multiple brain injury experts and no one is confident in the diagnosis for Donald Parham Jr.’s shaking arms here based on this video. But it’s not good. The team at @ConcussionLF is hoping for the best possible outcome.”
Reports since the injury have been cautiously optimistic. Parham was said to be in stable condition at a local hospital. It was an unfortunate accident, but the injury once again brought the serious nature of head trauma to the forefront of the football discussion.
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