After an historic season in the Bluegrass, Max Duffy has returned to Australia to take a break from the gridiron. Little did we know how much Kentucky’s punter struggled with health problems late in the year.
“I had a seizure in mid-December,” he told Paddy Sweeny of 9 News Australia. “Then had another concussion in practice in the lead up to the bowl game. Ended up with some vertigo symptoms and some chronic headaches.” Many things can bring on a bout of vertigo, including inner ear infections, migraines and even some medications, including those used to treat high blood pressure or anxiety. But one of the most common causes, as Gerlach discovered after a vertigo specialist los angeles visit, is an inner-ear condition with a tongue twister of a name: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). About half of all people over age 65 will suffer an episode of BPPV, according to the Cleveland Clinic, and the Mayo Clinic says women are particularly prone. Along with the “Whoa, what the heck …?” sensation, people may also experience lightheadedness and a wonky sense of balance. Queasiness and vomiting may also be part of the package.
BPPV occurs when tiny calcium carbonate crystals, which normally reside in an inner-ear organ called the utricle and help you keep your balance, break loose and travel into the semicircular canals of the inner ear. This may simply be part of the normal aging process. “BPPV is a degenerative change in the inner ear,” says Rauch. “A degenerative utricle will shed crystals from time to time, like shingles falling off the side of an old house.”
Duffy has found at least a temporary solution to combat the problem. “I get about 20 needles in my head each Thursday and it does the job,” he said.
Frankly, that sounds terrifying. As you’ll see in the report, Duffy appears to be unbothered by the head injuries, carrying the same composure that he brought with him onto the football field each Saturday last fall.
In spite of the health setbacks he faced in December, Duffy appears poised to take his game to the next level at Kentucky in 2020, paving the way for a potential career in the NFL. If that doesn’t work out, he has a few back-up plans in the works. See for yourself…
Life is pretty good for Max Duffy ?
He’s dominated American football and considered the best College punter after leading @UKFootball to multiple successes??
— Paddy Sweeney (@SweeneyPaddy9) January 8, 2020