Lambie set for lengthy lay-off

Sharks and Springbok fly-half Pat Lambie will spend between three and six months on the sidelines as part of his recovery from concussion.

The 26-year-old has been out of action since colliding with team-mate Rhyno Smith during the Sharks’ 32-35 loss to the Kings in Port Elizabeth on May 13.

Sharks team doctor Alan Kourie provided a medical update on Lambie’s condition and said it was decided that he should avoid contact for an extended period.

“We have spent the last six weeks gathering as much information as possible, which is why we have avoided making any unsubstantiated statements in the press,” explained Kourie.

“Pat has been referred to two independent specialists (concussion and neurologist) and we have also sought the opinion of a UK-based specialist, who has dealt with over 1500 cases of concussion.

“With clear results of both an MRI and an EEG (Electroencephalogram) all three doctors, including myself, are of the opinion that a period of 3-6 months without contact is necessary. 

“This decision has been taken to give Pat a chance to fully recover from his symptoms, after which we have no objection to him playing again.”

Explaining Lambie’s symptoms, Kourie added: “He has experienced an intermittent low-grade headache, and very sensitive eyes. He was waking up feeling hungover in the mornings, but that has now passed.

“After a three-week course of medication and a few sessions with a physiotherapist, who focuses on the treatment of post-concussion syndrome, as well as regular physiotherapy sessions with our Sharks medical team, his headaches are almost completely resolved and his eyes are no longer as sensitive to light.”

“We began a specific exercise protocol with him a few weeks ago, which he has tolerated exceptionally well and he is currently in a very positive frame of mind.”