David Boudia Out of Major Diving Competition for Concussion Recovery

Photo Courtesy: Marc Lebryk

Olympic diver David Boudia has announced via Instagram that he will be taking a break from diving to recover from a concussion. The concussion originated from a crash from 10m and was never resolved as Boudia continued to dive regularly.

Following the crash, Boudia explained that he had been suffering from blackouts, dizziness, numbness, and fatigue, but had chalked it up to anxiety from the crash. After a visit with the team physician, however, it was determined that the crash had resulted in a concussion.

Unfortunately, that puts Boudia out of competition for the USA Diving National Championships and the upcoming World Cup season.

While Boudia admitted that the break is “hard to swallow [after] having been training for almost a year to get back to elite competition,” he expressed that the goal is still to make the 2020 Olympic Team.

Since February I’ve been struggling with dizziness, blackouts, numbness, and fatigue which I assumed resulted from high anxiety from a crash I had from 10m (Having struggled with high anxiety in the past I choose to push through it and chalked it to that) – after going to our team physician, the crash resulted in a concussion and was not resolving due to a lack of recovery (continuing to dive on my head). Unfortunately, this means that I will be out of competition for our major events (National Championship & World Cup) because of the time off to recover. Hard to swallow that having been training for almost a year to get back to elite competition which mean I get to choose to be content with the end goal in mind and push on towards #tokyo2020 and more importantly trusting in the Lord’s plan for my pursuit toward diving and giving up my own plans.

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Boudia was a member of both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic diving teams. In 2012, he won a gold medal for the 10m platform event and added a bronze medal in the same event in 2016. Additionally, he earned a bronze medal with Nick McCrory in the men’s synchronized 10m platform event in 2012 and added a silver with Steele Johnson in 2016.

2 Comments

2 comments

  1. Thomas A. Small

    Wow real sorry to hear this what a great driver how did this happen

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    Julie Ovenhouse

    Rest up David. Sorry to hear about the concussion.

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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