Vikings trainer: Harvin collapse not directly linked to migraines

Published: Monday, August 23, 2010 at 10:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 23, 2010 at 10:52 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Wide receiver Percy Harvin didn’t collapse last Thursday as a direct result of a migraine headache, according to Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.

In an interview with NBC, which aired the Vikings-49ers game nationally on Sunday, Sugarman discussed what he went through after Harvin fell to the ground on Thursday and called Harvin’s migraines “the riddle they can’t solve” and something that will be a “lifelong fight.” Harvin did not travel with the team.

Sugarman, who along with team doctors tended to Harvin and also called 911, is confident the Vikings know why Harvin collapsed and how to prevent it from happening again. Issues that led to Harvin being unresponsive might have included an adverse reaction to medication, dehydration and blood pressure that went too low.

Harvin spent the night in Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina — the fact he was unresponsive for seven to 10 minutes made doctors extra cautious, although he did not lose consciousness — but was back at Winter Park on Friday. He did not practice.

The steps doctors took at the hospital, according to Sugarman, included conducting tests to eliminate possibilities such as whether oxygen was cut off to Harvin’s brain or if he had a heart problem or seizure. Sugarman told the network’s Andrea Kremer those possibilities were eliminated.

NBC also reported that Harvin continues to be treated at the Mayo Clinic by Dr. J.D Barttleson, a leading expert on migraines. Harvin saw more specialists over the weekend, and Sugarman left four athletic trainers behind in the Twin Cities.

Harvin will undergo follow-up tests, but Sugarman and coach Brad Childress believe Harvin will be able to practice this week. Before the Vikings left Saturday, Harvin was able to lift weights and broke a sweat.

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