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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 152
WHEN Jason Day collapsed near the end of his second round at the US Open, the golf world was quickly introduced to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), one of the most common causes of vertigo. The Queenslander bravely finished his round and received treatment locally. He then completed the last two rounds of the tournament, and most of the time he seemed unsteady on his feet with a distant gaze in his eyes and would gingerly pick the ball out of the hole or put his tee into the ground. Vertigo is the feeling that you are spinning or the inside of your head is spinning, experts say. It is generally triggered by moving your head the wrong way, and is accompanied by nausea, headaches or just not feeling well. Day’s vertigo attack at Chambers Bay wasn’t new for him. Just three weeks earlier he was forced to withdraw from a tournament after complaining of dizzy spells. Last year, he was also forced to withdraw from the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational because of vertigo. At that time, Ellie Day, Jason’s wife, said he had been managing the condition since 2010. At Chambers Bay, Day added he had undergone a raft of tests including MRI and brain scans as well as blood tests with doctors finding no abnormalities. In the days after Day’s collapse, we learned that benign paroxysmal positional vertigo occurs when crystals inside the inner ear become dislodged and move into one of the ear’s semicircular canals. These canals are located in the ear’s vestibular labyrinth, along with fluid and sensors that monitor head rotation. Once a crystal is dislodged and rubs against the inner ear, it causes the semicircular canal to become sensitive to head position changes, making a person feel dizzy. According to experts, the condition may go away on its own, but treatment includes vestibular exercises – a series of movements designed to help move the debris from the canal. For more serious cases, treatment can include medication, which Day was given at Chambers Bay. While the aforementioned cause and treatment of vertigo seems straight forward enough, it left me wondering two things – why does Day only suffer attacks from vertigo when playing tournaments and why do golfers seem prone to bouts of vertigo? Wearing a neck brace to keep his head from moving, Day told the Golf Channel he had never experienced vertigo while at home. Is this just coincidence? Apart from swinging a golf club, what does he do differently during the weeks when he is playing? They’re questions he’s probably pondering himself. And while he ponders, he might want to seek advice from fellow Tour golfers who have suffered vertigo. He won’t have to look too hard. Major winners David Duval and Jim Furyk have both had vertigo, while Frenchman Thomas Levet missed nearly an entire season due to vertigo. Kiwi Danny Lee had his own battle with vertigo back in March this year. Closer to home, vertigo brought Stephen Leaney’s PGA Tour career to an end when the medication treatment didn’t work. Leaney’s advice to Day might be, “get a second opinion”, given his bouts of vertigo were eliminated for good only after he eliminated dairy from his diet. Day was a non-starter at the Travelers Championship over the weekend and it is unlikely we’ll see him again before The Open Championship as more tests are conducted. But if he has been managing this for five years, might be best he stay home and get his health sorted before it really makes an impact on his career, as it did for Stephen Leaney. OTG the VIEW VERTIGO TALK HAS US IN A SPIN JASON DAY'S BATTLE WITH VERTIGO MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT IS EASILY FIXED. OR IT COULD BECOME A CAREER-ENDING CONDITION. by Brendan James Golf Australia editor Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
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