Hemiplegic migraines end Notre Dame LB Danny Spond’s career
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-TIMES MEDIA August 20, 2013 3:20PM
Updated: September 22, 2013 6:31AM
Hemiplegic migraines over the past year forced linebacker Danny Spond to end his playing career at Notre Dame.
“My football playing career is over after suffering another paralyzing migraine early in fall camp,” said Spond in a statement released Tuesday. “I’ve received the best medical treatment and guidance possible. Unfortunately, an exact cause of these migraines remains undetermined, and in order to assure my overall well-being, I’m forced to walk away from the game with an extremely heavy heart.”
Hemiplegic migraines are a rare form of headache, according to Notre Dame head football team physician Dr. Jennifer Malcolm, that present temporary stroke-like symptoms, such as weakness and slurred speech.
“Danny has suffered from a series of these migraines, but with medication, rehabilitation and a positive attitude he should avoid any long-term consequences,” Malcolm said in a statement. “As there are no fully reliable predictors of hemiplegic migraines and ultimate prevention is extremely challenging, we fully support Danny.”
Spond entered 2013 as a starter at outside linebacker. He played in 29 games and had 53 tackles and one interception. He will remain with the program and mentor the linebackers.
“I promise to continue to give all I can to this university this year by coaching my position and providing senior leadership in all ways,” Spond said.