Nori Aoki | Professional Baseball Player

Nori Aoki | Professional Baseball Player

In 2015, after having just completed a long recovery from a different injury, professional baseball player Nori Aoki was hit by a pitch.nori aoki

“At first, I didn’t think it was a big deal. The ball hit my batting helmet. I felt fine,” says Nori. “But three days later, I started noticing weakness in my arms and hands.”

He thought he might just be overtired, but the symptoms persisted. He recalls recognizing how “off and different than normal” he felt. That’s when he approached his trainers with his concerns.

“They suspected I had a concussion,” he says, “especially when I had trouble warming up on the stationary bike. I got nauseous.

“I also had trouble controlling my emotions and falling asleep,” he adds. “I’d describe it as feeling jet-lagged.”

Nori sought help from Micky Collins, PhD, at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, who confirmed the diagnosis.

“I was worried. I wanted to get back to my team. I wanted to get back to baseball,” says Nori.

Dr. Collins gave Nori a set of exercises tailored to his specific concussion symptoms.

“It wasn’t long after I started the exercises that my symptoms started getting better,” he says. “I now have no symptoms and was able to return for the beginning of the 2016 season.”


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