Stars keeper’s positive update following ‘grim’ concussion

Victorian wicketkeeper Sam Harper has revealed the “distressing” few days before making an improvement in recovery after being concussed at Melbourne Stars training

A relieved Sam Harper insists his health has turned a corner after suffering a "grim" concussion while training with the Melbourne Stars.

The wicketkeeper suffered a laceration on his chin and neck after being struck by a ball on January 5 as he attempted to play a ramp shot while preparing for a Big Bash match.

The incident shocked onlookers and Harper was taken to hospital, where he stayed overnight.

"The initial incident and the first few days after were pretty grim and pretty rough," Harper told Fox Cricket on Monday night ahead of the Stars' match against Hobart.

"It's not something I wish to go through again."

The 27-year-old has a history of concussions and was sidelined for several weeks in 2017 after being accidentally struck in the head with a bat.

"Unfortunately I've had a few (concussions) now so I knew potentially what some of the symptoms would be," Harper said.

"As people do say, they're all very different. This one the first few days just getting over the dizziness and constant head spins.

"It was pretty bad the first few days so it was just getting through that and when I got over that it was a bit of a relief and things progressively got better from there.

"It's always concerning and frightening, especially when you've had a few hits, in those initial few days.

"Distressing for me and distressing for my family.

"I'm just relieved and in a really positive headspace that things seemed to have turned a corner."

Harper will not play again during the KFC BBL|13 campaign with the Stars already eliminated from the finals race.

But the Victorian keeper is hopeful of being cleared to play when the Sheffield Shield resumes in February.

KFC BBL|13 standings

Matches played
No results
Net Run Rate
Total points
1 Brisbane Heat Men Brisbane Heat Men HEA 10 7 1 0 2 0.972 0 16
2 Sydney Sixers Men Sydney Sixers Men SIX 10 6 2 0 2 0.339 0 14
3 Perth Scorchers Men Perth Scorchers Men SCO 10 6 3 0 1 0.725 0 13
4 Adelaide Strikers Men Adelaide Strikers Men STR 10 5 4 0 1 0.331 0 11
5 Hobart Hurricanes Men Hobart Hurricanes Men HUR 10 4 6 0 0 -0.268 0 8
6 Melbourne Stars Men Melbourne Stars Men STA 10 4 6 0 0 -1.051 0 8
7 Melbourne Renegades Men Melbourne Renegades Men REN 10 2 6 0 2 -0.288 0 6
8 Sydney Thunder Men Sydney Thunder Men THU 10 1 7 0 2 -0.652 0 4

M: Matches played

W: Wins

L: Losses

T: Ties

N/R: No results

NRR: Net Run Rate

Ded.: Deductions

PTS: Total points

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