Women's Soccer: Logue returning to lineup after second concussion

By Max Sullivan
On April 25, 2014

Junior center back Jordan Logue rejoined the UNH women's soccer team last Friday in its 4-0 win over Southern New Hampshire after two and a half months of recovering from her second concussion in less than a year.

"It felt great," Logue said. "It's been a while since I've been back out and it felt really good to contribute to that win."

Logue's only concern Friday was her ability to keep up with her teammates after being away for the majority of the semester. The Wildcats had already played three games this spring. She felt great in her first game back, though. She particularly felt comfortable when making long crosses from her end of the pitch to the front of the offense. She's known for having a "big leg," teammate Meghan Ledwith said earlier this spring, able to get the ball to the forwards from the backfield.

Logue is one of three Wildcats to deal with concussions this past year, the other two being Cassandra Prario, who suffered hers shortly after Logue this spring, and Missy Gloekler, who has been recovering from on that she suffered last fall. Logue is the first of the three to step back on the field.

The incoming senior suffered her first concussion last season in the team's final spring game against Maine. A Black Bear midfielder took a hard shot at the net, and Logue jumped up to stop it, hitting her hard on the right side of her head. When she reached the sideline five minutes later, she started seeing dots and felt nauseous. She visited with the trainer after the game, andthere it was determined that she had a concussion. Later that night, she went to dinner with her parents and felt so sick that she could barely look at her food, running to the bathroom several times.

Logue wasn't out for long, getting back to working out with the team by the end of May. She played the entire 2013 season, scoring a decisive goal in the team's win at Harvard on Sept. 11.

Then, on Feb. 1 of this year, in an indoor practice scrimmage with the team, Logue was elbowed in the head during a scrum that resulted from a corner kick. Logue felt funny, but she powered through the rest of practice and the day's subsequent lift, paying no mind to what she thought was a mild headache. It wasn't until she got home that night and laid down did the pain she knew last spring set in again.

The next day, she went to class and struggled to focus.

"[I] woke up and went to class early, and sitting in class trying to focus, I was like, 'I probably have another one,'" Logue said.

Having dealt with a concussion before, Logue said that she wasn't so much scared or nervous when she was elbowed in the head in practice that day, but frustrated, knowing she'd need to take several weeks off. Luckily for her, her communications major does not require her to sit in front of a computer screen all day like some do, but she was limited to doing nothing strenuous for the first weeks of recovery.

"I literally couldn't do anything but just rest," Logue said. "I don't like doing that."

It also crossed her mind that she could fall behind her teammates as they prepared for the coming season. A month away from the practice field meant falling out of shape. She didn't want to stress about making up time lost while she was resting.

Logue said it hurt to stand on the sideline while the team played well in the spring season. As the Wildcats showed signs of offensive improvement, she and Prario watched from the sideline.

"When we were standing there, obviously, it was hard to watch practices and stuff," Logue said. "We both felt like we were getting behind."

After the first three weeks, Logue began jogging and using the bike machine 20 minutes at a time. Some days, her symptoms would be minor while the next day they would be much more severe. The ups and downs of concussion recovery were frustrating.

"With concussions, every day can be different," Logue said. "You can feel good one day and the next you can feel like absolute [expletive] because when you feel good, you kind of want to do more, and when you do that, it kind of messes up the next day, so it's kind of when you personally recover and how much time you can take to rest."

Despite her concern over fitting back in with the team, she said the team has been supportive of her and the other two teammates with concussions as they've recovered.

"Our team is very supportive, and everyone wants you to get back and is constantly asking you how you're doing and when you think you're going to be back," Logue said. "It's very comfortable."

Logue has been back practicing with the team for about a month. Last week in the days leading up to the SNHU game, she took some head balls in practice and felt fine. As soon as she hit the field, she said she felt confident again.

The back said that she doesn't expect to be gun-shy after two concussions in the past year.

"I usually don't go into a game trying to be scared," Logue said. "Obviously a little nervous, but, I mean, I just play my game, and I don't really worry about it."

Now that she has a game under her belt since recovering, Logue is excited to play in one more match this Saturday against Boston University. It is the last game on the spring schedule.

"I'm very excited," Logue said. "I'm looking forward to the fall. We only have one game left, which is this Saturday against BU, and I'm excited for that because they're going to be good competition and I'll be able to get some time on the field again.

 "I'm excited to just be back. It feels good."

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