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We've been writing about the potential for TBI's in high school sports and the very real dangers of concussions, which are now considered mild TBI's. This topic hit home recently when a local baseball player was struck in the head with a ball. The Tallahassee Democrat reported:

Miller Joyner fired a strike Tuesday night, much to the delight of his Robert F. Munroe teammates surrounding him on the mound. The cheers and applause were a far cry from five days earlier, when the senior shortstop was drilled in the head on a botched pickoff play at second base in the Bobcats' game at Maclay.

A hush went over the crowd as Miller dropped to his knees. The sound of it, his father Bradley Joyner said, was unbearable.

"I was in shock at the time," Bradley Joyner said.

Miller, who has played baseball since he was 6 years old, sat in the dugout for a few innings before going home and sleeping off his headache.

It wasn't until the next day that Miller was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital when a CAT Scan revealed he not only suffered a fractured skull, but there was internal bleeding.

"I was scared," Miller said. "I never thought something like that would happen."

Miraculously, the bleeding stopped and Miller was released from the hospital Saturday.

But his baseball career is over.
According to a study by NeurosurgeryToday.org, 26,964 baseball and softball players were treated in emergency rooms for head injuries in 2008.

Keep reading the article.

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