Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt underwent treatment for atrial fibrillation earlier this week, he revealed in a social media post on Sunday. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat described by many sufferers as a “quiver,” “flutter,” or “flip-flop” of the heart.
He still played on Sunday, despite the uproar on social media.
Days before that, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion on Thursday night against the Bengals, which came just four days after he was evaluated for a concussion while playing against the Bills. During the 21–19 win over the Bills, Tagovailoa cleared concussion protocol and was able to re-enter the game.
This decision by the Dolphins’ medical staff has now been questioned, especially after Tagovailoa suffered a concussion during the Thursday Night Football matchup.
Golf influencer Paige Spiranac recently took to her social media and spoke about the injuries from those two athletes.
“Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great day so far. I was just sitting here thinking ‘man, I really love sports.’ Mostly because I love watching athletes do superhuman things with their bodies. But how much is too much?”
“With the Tua Tagavailoa incident and JJ Watt with his heart, it really makes you think.”
“We all remember the famous line ‘there’s no crying in baseball.’ .. Athletes are conditioned to be as tough as nails. Your body hurts? Too bad, fight through it. You’re injured? Too bad, fight through it. And you are actually shamed if you do take some time off for being ‘soft’ or ‘a baby’.”
“So athletes really have to lean on the medical professionals to keep them safe. And I’m no doctor.. and you’re like ‘yeah, no s–t, Paige’ but even I know after watching my friends who are athletes go through concussion protocol that something about that (Tua) situation just didn’t seem quite right.”
Spiranac added “no athlete should be risking brain damage over a game.”
Watt notched three tackles and deflected two passes in Sunday’s game as his team wreaked havoc on the Panthers’ offense all game long.
Tagovailoa was 8-of-14 for 110 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception before his exit Thursday.
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