Athletes as Migraineurs.

You are not alone! A phrase that, as migraineurs, we hear all too often. Some of our favorite athletes actually suffer from them as well. In fact, a few of the most famous games have been altered due to migraines. Imagine a world without migraines, how would history have been altered?

 

Dwayne Wade

Ever since youth, NBA star Dwayne Wade has experienced headaches. Imagine having bright lights as one of your primary triggers and playing in the NBA. Wade has a solution though, he wears tinted glasses to reduce glare within the arena. Although a migraineur, he has only missed a few of games as a result.

 

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Percy Harvin

If lights, sounds and smells are enough to trigger your migraine, imaging playing in the NFL. Percy Harvin of the Vikings has missed many practices and several games as a result of headaches. Harvin found out that a lot of his migraines were a result of sleep apnea. Today, he experiences less prevalence of migraines. 

 

 

Terrell Davis

Since the age of seven, the Broncos' Terrell Davis has had migraines. During Super Bowl XXXII,  an especially hard impact triggered a migraine that kept Davis sidelined for a portion of the game. Even with migraines, Davis became an MVP in 1998. 

 

 

Denard Span

Head trauma can be a danger for anyone, especially for a migraine sufferer. In 2011, a concussion knocked Denard Span out of the the majority of the Minnesota Twins' season due to migraines. Span experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

 

Gail Devers

Go for gold, even if you have migraines, that is what Gail Devers did. Devers began suffering from migraines during her training for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. She returned for the 1992 games in Barcelona and won a gold medal in the 100-meter.

 

John Wall

John Wall was hit hard by a migraine during a previous game this season which led to the Wizards' loss to the Suns. Sometimes you can get through them and sometimes they entirely screw up your day. Wall had to visit a doctor soon after. 

 

Scottie Pippen 

Two years in a row. That is the amount of years that the Bulls faced the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. It was also the second year in a row that the team could not get past the Pistons. With Pippen getting hit by a migraine right before the deciding game, it still remains a question as to whether or not the Bulls would have won that year. 

 

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Serena Williams

Yet another match was decided by a migraine. After an intense bout with a migraine Serena Williams lost a decisive tournament match. Later Serena found out that it was related to a menstrual cycle, a trigger that is very common amongst woman migraineurs. 

 

Troy Aikman

Quarterback and Hall of Fame member, Troy Aikman began experiencing migraines when he was just a boy. Of course, as he go older and became a professional athlete, the constant travel and missed sleep made them worse. 

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

One of the greatest legends of basketball Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has found that it is stress that causes his migraines. His first migraine was at the age of 14. Abdul-Jabbar has even tried out a variety of stress relievers, including yoga, acupuncture, massage, and biofeedback. 

 

Freddie Ljungberg

The famous Swedish soccer player Freddie Ljungerb had such a bad migraine that he once had to be carried off the field when he began experiencing a severe migraine attack during a match.


Ben Collins

Professional triathlete Ben Collins experiences migraines. Early morning training sometimes calls for a coffee at some point, but it is coffee that stimulates Collins' worst migraines. 

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