Jessica Hardy Says She Sustained Concussion at Arena PSS – Mesa

Two-time Olympian and double London relay medalist Jessica Hardy says that she sustained a concussion on Friday night at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series – Mesa meet.

Hardy posted the following message on her Instagram on Monday morning in California:

“Made some improvements & had a blast in Mesa, but disappointed my meet had to end early! I obtained a concussion during a collision on a warm up dive on Fri night & have been recovering as best as possible since. Thanks for all the notes of support, I sure am blessed with some amazing people in life to support me!”

Hardy, who this season has changed training grounds to the Golden West Swim Club to work with former USA Swimming National Team Director Mark Schubert, swam three races prior the warmup incident cutting her meet short. She swam 1:07.09 for 4th-place in the 100 breaststroke final on Thursday and was seeded 12th heading into finals of the 50 free on Friday with a morning swim of 25.79.

Hardy was listed as a “medical scratch” from the B-Final, which left an open lane in the heat.

The 50 free time for Hardy was her best in the 2016 calendar year and second-best of the season, and her prelims (1:07.44) and finals times in the 100 breaststroke were her two fastest of this season.

 

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Hswimmer
5 years ago

Praying for you Jessica. Glad to see that you are improving with your new team. Hoping for s speedy recovery!

Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

“A drug test was conducted on Jessica Hardy following her 4th place finish in the 100 M freestyle at the Olympic Trials on July 4th. There’s an international standard that governs how these tests are carried out, so we know that the sample was immediately divided into two sub-samples, both of which were sealed while the swimmer watched. The test panel that was carried out on the first sample came back positive for the presence of clenbuterol. The second sample was tested, and the positive was confirmed.

Clenbuterol is a banned anabolic agent and stimulant. It’s a long-acting beta-2 andrenergic agonist, with a half-life of about 36 hours. In the US, it’s approved only for the treatment of respiratory disease… Read more »

samuel huntington
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

what are you quoting? and is this relevant to the article?

Steve-O Nolan
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

Yup, and she served whatever punishment came from that, whether it was justified or not.

Gary Johnson
5 years ago

I hope Jessica makes a quick and full recovery. I’ve secretly worried about collisions during warmups, especially those in busy, deep parts of the pool. Hope the other swimmer (if there was one) is also OK.

Hswimmer
5 years ago

Tom have you seen the article on her statement from 2008?! Obviously not. She was banned from the olympics and she is fine now. Not a cheater like Efimova.

Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

One does not “accidentally” take Clenbuterol, nor is Clenbuterol accidentally added to a supplement. It is used by athletes specifically to mask steroids.

Both of Hardy’s test’s came back positive. Clenbuterol clears in 36-hours so she was actively trying to mask steroids.

I firmly believe there should be a zero tolerance policy for cheaters because doping is not a victimless crime.

For all those people who “feel sorry” for Hardy or think she did her time, when Hardy got caught cheating, it affected Rebecca Soni, Kara Lynn Joyce, Tara Kirk, and Lara Jackson. Personally, I feel sorry for all the honest girls who trained their butts off for 15-20 years who were robbed of their rightful place on an… Read more »

maybe i'm too concerned with this?
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

Tom has a point. She cheated and it affected the ladies he mentioned. While his comments are inflammatory and probably misplaced, he is not wrong. Hardy cheated in probably the worst way. Swimmers can take a lot of banned substances accidentally, or by way of a trainer, sadly, clenbuterol is not one of those. The only legislation regarding clenbuterol in America relates to its use in animals (e.g., CFR § 520.425 and various state laws). The fact that the majority of clenbuterol legislation relates to race horses says everything one needs to know about Hardy. It is simply inconceivable that she made an accidental mistake taking this. She made a poor decision, yes, and that decision resulted in a competition… Read more »

Steve-O Nolan

It’s not worth $1-2 million dollars!? To take scary, scary “drugs” that odds are aren’t detrimental at all?

To me, that’s the #1 reason that swimmers would take things.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

Hey , TURN THE PAGE – Come back to EARTH . The Matter is OVER > Got it ?

Once a Cheater...
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

Man…I always heard the jabs about “you wouldn’t be so harsh if the dopers were American” whenever a Chinese or Russian swimmer comes up…but…it’s actually TRUE. This threat proves it! Glad I won’t take the whole “ban every Russian swimmer for life because they’re all doping” comments too hard anymore.

In the US….they actually gave Jessica Hardy an AWARD for being a cheater…she “persevered” through getting caught cheating to make the 2012 Olympic Team! Can you imagine??????

jman
Reply to  Once a Cheater...
5 years ago

I have to agree. All over the current cheaters but perfectly fine with those of the past?? but the US is a forgiving nation for our own.

Mary C.
5 years ago

My beautiful grand daughter suffered a concussion in a collision this year while in a practice. She is a NCAA I swimmer. Never has this happened to her before it was scary and caused her to sit out of training and classes for several weeks. Never thought she would need to be concerned about this type of injury however it is more common than you think. Lucky for her it turned out ok and occurred early enough in her season. But it’s a worry and should never be taken lightly.

Hswimmer
5 years ago

It didn’t affect any of them TOM… Please don’t use such negative comments all you are trying to do is tear her down, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all.. Didn’t your momma teach you that?

BayArea Swim
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Just say that to Lara Jackson, who couldn’t go to Olympics because she was beaten by a cheater.

Tom was right, even though Hardy has served her penance, her cheating ways directly crushed someone else’s lifelong dream.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  BayArea Swim
5 years ago

That is long over – thats it .

BayArea Swim
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

It’s over if everyone stop bitching about ALL swimmer who has tested positive in the past.

So, as I see it, it is not over.

When she did a clinic for our team. She did not compete in the Olympics when she tested positive and served her punishment. The year she came back she swam faster than ever.
5 years ago

I met Jessica

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