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During the Minnesota Golden Gophers‘ game against New Mexico State on September 10, the Gophers head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure on the sidelines.
It has been made known that Kill has a history of seizures. The seizure he suffered on the field is categorized as a tonic clonic or grand mal seizure.
What’s a tonic clonic seizure
A generalized tonic-clonic seizure is a seizure involving the entire body. The seizures usually involve muscle rigidity, followed by violent muscle contractions and loss of consciousness. After the seizure, the person may have the following symptoms:
- Normal breathing
- Sleepiness that lasts for 1 hour or longer
- Loss of memory (amnesia) regarding events surrounding the seizure episode
- A migrane like headache
If you have not seen the footage of Coach Kill’s seizure, I encourage you to take a look at the video below. It is interesting to see the reactions from the people on the field, in the stands and those of his fellow coaches. There is clearly a feeling of widespread fear and confusion.
Video of Coach Kill’s Seizure
Not just a negative nelly…
I wanted to offer a little educational information to the 80,000 people that were sitting in the stands that day at TCF Bank Stadium. Epilepsy Action, a UK organization, has prepared a video that details how to handle a tonic clonic or grand mal seizure.
The video also recognizes that there will be fear and concern but provides information on how to help. I hope you check it out.
Epilepsy Action: First Aid for a Tonic Clonic Seizure
Oh and if you want to get really mad…
Watch this one with the team doctor:
PS. There were probably close to 1000 people in the stands that have epilepsy. I’m just saying…
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