Tyler Hansbrough talks vertigo

Last season, Tyler Hansbrough missed all but 29 games of his rookie season, largely in part to his bout with vertigo. Sucks for us, because we missed out on 53 games of high octane intensity/crazy faces. Sucks for the Pacers, who didn’t get to truly evaluate their lottery pick. And it definitely sucks for Hansbrough, who had to go through the ordeal.

In fact, according to Hansbrough, the eight months he was battling vertigo were the worst of his life. He didn’t know if he’d ever be able to play basketball again, the time off from playing left him out of shape and out of touch with the Pacers, and he even grew to hate video games. Plus, as he says, it was like being wasted without being wasted. From the Indy Star:

“It’s like being really drunk, or that’s what people tell me it’s like,” he said. “I’ve never had a drink, but that’s what I’m told. I couldn’t sleep. I just had to lay still. It got pretty harsh at times.”

Yeah, and jumping off a building is just like doing LSD. I saw that in a movie during school once so it must be true.

But really, that does sound like it would suck, especially for a guy who is as high energy as Hansbrough. Feeling like everything was spinning all the time would be terrible, but if you factor in that the person who can’t move is a person who makes a living doing things with their body, it’s extra bad. Sounds like it’s like being asleep on a Gravitron and being unable to wake your body up, which became my new worst fear after I conceived that analogy. Yikes.

On the other hand, having vertigo saves you tons of money on bar tabs. Look on the bright side.

(via Mas Telas)

Comments (4)

  1. Yeah. I was in Chapel Hill during Tyler’s college days and if he didn’t drink alcohol, I’m not sure what he was doing at all those bars and at all those parties holding beer. Technically, I can’t specifically remember him taking a sip, so I could be wrong, but, yeah.

  2. Just keeping it warm for someone else, probably.

  3. Vertigo is like feeling dizzy even if you’ve just been standing still… so yeah, kinda like being drunk. Ironic that heavy alcohol consumption is a cause of vertigo symptoms. Also, LOL at “just keeping it warm for someone else.”

  4. I have just over come having vertigo for about 3 months, still light headed at times. super gnarly, and not something i never thought i’d get or deal with. it feels never ending.
    more power to him, playing ball at that level after overcoming that.
    exactly what he said being drunk permanently, is a perfect way to describe it.

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