NBA Bans Dwyane Wade's Migraine Goggles
Dwyane Wade has lived with migraines for many years. They usually don't interfere with his job playing professional basketball for the Miami Heat, but this week they did. He missed a game due to a lengthy migraine attack and found himself dealing with lingering light sensitivity and visual disturbances. By trial and error in practice he found that tinted goggles were helpful in allowing him to play without making his head worse. He announced he would play in the goggles in Thursday night's game. But just before game time the NBA said he couldn't. When the NBA officials examined the goggles they said they would give Wade an advantage by making it impossible for opposing players to see his eyes.
In fairness, headline writers may have tried to create controversy where there really wasn't any: the Heat found Wade a different pair of goggles to use and the NBA approved them. Unfortunately, that pair seemed to interfere with his ability to play more than they might have helped.
But seriously, what's the problem, NBA? The goggles were so heavily tinted opposing players wouldn't be able to see his eyes, which would give him a competitive advantage? He's trying to find a workable solution to a medical problem. Would it have been so hard to permit him an exception for his health condition and allow him to wear the goggles he'd been practicing in? That pair had a host of benefits: he knew their tint was sufficient to help with the light sensitivity, how they fit, how it felt to have them on his face and that they were comfortable enough to be worn while he played.
Unfortunately their lame-o reaction is similar to what people experience every single day when their migraines make it difficult for them to do their work. I know the NBA doesn't owe any of us anything, but their bad decision is a depressing reminder of how misunderstood migraines and all their nasty symptoms can be.
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Content by Diana E. Lee.DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.