One can get a concussion in the most unusual, and public, places, national television included. That’s what happened to actress Melissa Gilbert Monday night during “Dancing With The Stars.”
Gilbert was taken to the hospital, which was a very smart move, after she fell and banged her head while dancing the paso doble on the TV show, according to E! online.
She was taken to the hospital on a stretcher, according to People magazine, apparently accompanied by her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Shortly after the incident, Gilbert tweeted a message to her fans.
“I’m alright,” she wrote. “Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of.”
In another very smart move, on her doctor’s orders Gilbert did not appear on Tuesday’s show, and it’s up in the air whether she will return to the competition-dance program because of her concussion.
US Weekly quoted Chmerkovskiy as saying that he didn’t want Gilbert back performing on the show if she is still suffering from headaches, which are a classic symptom of a concussion.
Gilbert, former star of “Little House On The Prairie,” would teach America a great lesson about the seriousness of concussions, even “mild” ones, by not returning to “DWTS.” People need time to recuperate from such brain injury.
Gilbert going back on the dance floor would not be a good example for youthful athletes, who should not be going back onto the field after sustaining a concussion.
Let’s see if she does the right thing.