Following questions about his absence from the station for weeks, FOX 9 featured an interview with their chief meteorologist, Ian Leonard, Thursday evening about his ongoing battle with post-concussion syndrome.
In the interview, Leonard says he suffered a serious concussion during a fantasy soccer camp in early October. Leonard said his nose was broken after he was accidentally punched by another player in a game.
Leonard said that he was sore for about three days after the injury, and then started suffering intense headaches. The weather personality finally went to the doctor at the urging of his wife.
“You feel weird being the ‘dizzy guy,’ because you’re like, ‘I should be just able to shake my head and this should all be gone,’” a tearful Leonard said.
According to the station’s Facebook page, Leonard has also been suffering from sensitivity to light, dizziness and insomnia as a result of the concussion.
Concussions continue to be one of the hottest topics of discussion in the sports world. Close to home, former Vikings and Packers quarterback Brett Favre revealed late last month that he’s suffered some lasting effects from concussions sustained during his playing days in the NFL, including memory loss.
ESPN reports that emphasis on concussions in the NFL has had an effect on younger participants in the sport.
The network said participation in Pop Warner football — the nation’s largest youth football program — dropped 9.5 percent from 2010 to 2012 over worries of concussions.