It probably wouldn’t have been the case for Duggan if a certain sequence of events hadn’t happened late in 2012.
She had trained all last summer coming back from her concussion and played last October and November in Europe before signs of the concussion started creeping back. Duggan knew she had come back too soon and needed to get this taken care of once and for all.
She got the answers she was looking for in Marietta, Ga., where Dr. Frederick Carrick -- the same chiropractic neurologist who helped get Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby back on the ice after his own concussion issues -- worked with her through intense neurological therapy and vision training at Life University. “Basically, it’s rehab for your brain,” said Duggan.
The difficult thing in dealing with a brain injury is that less is sometimes more in the recovery process -- something that was admittedly hard for Duggan to adapt to. But once she got the green light to proceed with her workouts, there was no stopping her. A terrific program in Boston and “training and training and training and training” with renowned strength coach Mike Boyle left Duggan feeling better physically than she ever had.
So now, with another gold medal for her trophy shelf and Olympic tryouts on the not-so-distant horizon, Duggan is going to enjoy a true rarity in her life: five to seven days of downtime.
“I’ll probably head to my parents’ house in Danvers and hit up the hot tub,” she laughed. “My body needs time to rest up before it’s time to do it all over again.”