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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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.

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