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D.J. Hayden making progress from near-fatal injury

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10:16 PM ET 12.23 | Houston Cougars defensive back D.J. Hayden collided with a teammate at practice in early November and suffered a devastating injury. If it weren't for the quick response from the team's medical and training staff, Hayden's injury would have likely been fatal. Hayden tore the inferior vena cava, which is the major vein that carries blood from your heart to the lower half of your body. The injury Hayden sustained carries a 95 percent fatality rate and is usually associated with high-speed vehicle accidents. Hayden is lucky to be here today. What's crazy for Hayden is that he is now on track to play football again next season.

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December 24, 2012  01:07 AM ET

Best wishes for this young man and a long, healthy life. On and off the field.

December 24, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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... I'm no good at the math, but the example summarized basically concludes that in a helmet-to-helmet collision, 90 Gs of deceleration occurs in about 7.6 milliseconds with 1,450 pounds of force applied at the point of impact in that duration of time. Sounds akin to a car wreck to me.(Source: "Collision Physics for Football Helmets" by Chuck Demarest)

And yet there are players like James Harrison who take pride in playing like an assassin, taking every opportunity to injure someone.

And there are players like Ed Reed who are so good because of their skills and understanding of the game. That's what made Honey Badger so good at LSU too. Instead of blowing people up with big hits they understand (1) positioning their bodies for a fundamental tackle which (2) sets the stage for a punch to the ball, a strip, a knockdown etc.

December 24, 2012  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Best wishes for this young man and a long, healthy life. On and off the field.

+1

December 24, 2012  01:20 PM ET

Merry Christmas to all you guys, hope everyone has a safe, joyous holiday.

 
December 25, 2012  10:45 PM ET

one slight correction. the inferior vena cava brings blood from your lower extremeties back to the heart (the rt. atrium), fortunately at very low pressures (around 6 mm hg). had it been his descending aorta (which brings blood to the lower extremeties at very high pressures i.e. normal bp is 120/80mm hg.) he probably would have bled out and died on the spot. lucky for him, if you're gonna rupture a vessel make it a vein, not an artery. in either case i'm glad he's ok.

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