After Fox sideline reporter Pam Oliver was hit in the head by a pass thrown by Colts backup quarterback Chandler Harnish, the clip went viral, with a number of viewers finding it amusing. But the New York Daily News reports that Oliver suffered a concussion as a result of the Aug. 18 incident and has experienced pain since then.
Oliver got through the game telecast, but on the way back to her hotel, her slight headache grew worse. The next day she woke up with more pain, light sensitivity and nausea. Diagnosed with a concussion, she spent five days inside a dark room, the piece adds.
“I slept for hours on end. The minute you wake up you’re reminded. Your head is pounding,” she said. “I really could not take light — the light from the TV, the accent lighting. The sun was completely my enemy. My blinds were drawn. It was miserable.”
She still has headaches, but notes that the experience has brought her closer to her subjects, for whom concussions are a very real risk.
"Players don’t want to be reminded about their concussions. They don’t want to be known as the guy who went down with one. They downplay it,” she said. “Then it happens to me and I start wondering how these guys go back to being hit, taking all that punishment, a week or two later.”
Oliver will return to the sidelines Sept. 8 when the Packers play the 49ers in San Francisco. “But when I’m back on the sidelines, I’ll do what I always do: Stay a bit behind the line of scrimmage. And keep my head on a swivel," she said.
Here’s the clip: