Pat Lambie: Medical Update

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super Rugby on 6 Jul 2017 at 12:51
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The Sharks have released the following update regarding Pat Lambie:

Durban, 6th July 2017: The Cell C Sharks and Springbok flyhalf, Patrick Lambie’s recovery from concussion has been the subject of much speculation. As one of South Africa’s most-loved players, there has understandably been interest and concern about the status of his recovery. Therefore for the avoidance of any doubt and to clear any concerns that fans may have, The Sharks Team Doctor, Alan Kourie, would like to provide the following medical update:

“We have spent the last six weeks gathering as much information as possible, which is why we have avoided making any unsubstantiated statements in the press.

“Pat has been referred to two independent specialists (concussion and neurologist) and we have also sought the opinion of a UK-based specialist, who has dealt with over 1500 cases of concussion. With clear results of both an MRI and an EEG (Electroencephalogram) all three doctors, including myself, are of the opinion that a period of 3-6 months without contact is necessary.

“This decision has been taken to give Pat a chance to fully recover from his symptoms, after which we have no objection to him playing again.”

Explaining Pat’s symptoms, Dr Kourie added: “He has experienced an intermittent low-grade headache, and very sensitive eyes. He was waking up feeling hungover in the mornings, but that has now passed. After a three-week course of medication and a few sessions with a physiotherapist, who focuses on the treatment of post-concussion syndrome, as well as regular physiotherapy sessions with our Sharks medical team, his headaches are almost completely resolved and his eyes are no longer as sensitive to light.”

“We began a specific exercise protocol with him a few weeks ago, which he has tolerated exceptionally well and he is currently in a very positive frame of mind.”

Pat Lambie stated: “I have been exercising for 30-40 minutes a day for the last month and I started to run again last week. I also have a thorough eye and neck rehab schedule, which I am following on a daily basis at The Sharks. None of the exercise has made my symptoms worse and in fact, I feel my best whilst active.

“I will be playing rugby again and I certainly have no plans to retire. My focus for now is purely on making a full recovery and getting fit and strong again. Once the three-month rest period has been completed, I will be reassessed to determine where we are in terms of the rugby calendar for the rest of the 2017 season.

“I would like to thank both the Cell C Sharks and SA Rugby for their patience and concern for me. I have been cared for and looked after extremely well and I am grateful for their constant support. The fact that both parties have not put any pressure on me to get back on the field, until I fully recover, makes the world of difference with my recovery.”


  • It’s obviously his right to decide on his playing future. Still concerned for the man though. Concussions are not to be trifled with.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.07.17 13:02:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • While he can’t take contact or overly vigorous excersize it might be food to get in a specialist to help him work on kicking accuracy and study attacking techniques and game plans. In the downtime.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.07.17 13:16:05 by coolfusion Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : Yea, I have very mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand I am stoked that he is recovering so well and that we will get to see him play again soon(ish). But on the other hand I still have concerns about his well being. But that just my opinion. Obviously the medical specialists know better.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.07.17 13:16:28 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 2) : And other strategies etc. He could even decide to go into coaching? Train the rugby brain.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.07.17 13:17:33 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 4) : Well he obviously wants to play again so I doubt he will go into coaching (yet). But I like the idea of skills training while he is in rehab.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.07.17 13:22:28 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Hope he rather go for the six months without contact and start training only in late November or early December!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.07.17 13:29:20 by JD Reply
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  • As much as I support the notion that he retire, Pat wants to play and so I will not encourage that option any further . It is after all his decision to continue and one that we should all respect. I wish him all the very best for his recovery, I hope he takes the full 6 months and works on what he can during that time. I hope this is a final attempt to ensure he stays fit and we see the very best of him in 2018.

    All the best skipper.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.07.17 17:06:45 by Hulk Reply

  • I am really glad to hear this. As we all have his best interests at heart, I think we also need to assume that he has been sufficiently advised by the right experts to make an informed decision in this regard.

    Looking forward to him coming back, stronger and healthier than ever.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.07.17 09:50:37 by stevovo Reply
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