Jamie Carey Suffers Career-Ending Injury

Nov. 7, 2000

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford University women's basketball program announced today that Jamie Carey has ended her collegiate career because of recurrent concussions.

Stanford women's basketball team physician Dr. Elaine Lambert (Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Functional Restoration at the Stanford University School of Medicine) has issued the following statement on the injury:

'Jamie had experienced concussions in junior high and high school prior to coming to Stanford that involved loss of consciousness. During her freshman season at Stanford, she suffered minor concussions that did not lead to her becoming unconscious and her concussive symptoms cleared quickly. After nearly six months off for left ankle surgery and rehabilitation, she returned to competitive action this October.

'A concussion on October 19th, caused by only minor impact, again with no loss of consciousness, resulted in a recurrence of concussive symptoms that persisted. This led to additional evaluation, including neuro-psychological (memory) testing, an MRI of her brain and consultations with Stanford Medical Center Faculty. Neuro-psychologist Dr. Peter Karzmark, neurologist Dr. Jaime Lopez and neuro-surgeon Dr. Gary Steinberg all agreed that Jamie's situation warranted her removal from any sport that could result in an additional concussion, because the risk of future injury was too great for her to continue playing basketball.

'Jamie will have follow-up testing but her current symptoms are expected to completely resolve if no further head injury occurs. We are obviously saddened to have Jamie's career come to an end, but the decision was the result of our placing her current and future health as our primary concern. The final decision was made on Monday, November 6th with great support from her parents, coaches and teammates. She will continue to remain a student at Stanford and in a supportive role with the team.'

In her one year in the women's basketball program, Carey turned in one of the finest freshman seasons in Stanford history. She was named the 1999-2000 Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year and earned Freshman All-America honors from Basketball News, Women's Basketball Journal and Women's Basketball News Service. She set a Stanford single season 3-point record with 81, and finished 14th in the nation and second in the conference in 3-point percentage at 45.5 (81-of-178). Carey, who will remain a Stanford student, also ranked 12th in the nation in 3-pointers per game with 2.8 as she helped lead the Cardinal to a 21-9 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 29 games - all starts at the off-guard position - she averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game. Just last week, Carey was named to the 2000-2001 Preseason All-Pacific-10 Conference Team.

'Our number one concern is for Jaime's health and long term well-being,' Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'This is an extremely difficult day for our program, because in addition to her on-court abilities, Jamie is also an exceptional person. This reminds us all to appreciate every day you have a chance to play this game. I've experienced some tremendous highs in my career, but have never felt any lower. I'm proud to have been her coach for one year.'

Carey came to The Farm as a First Team Parade Magazine All-America out of Horizon High School in Thornton, Colorado. She was selected as one of the top five high school seniors in the nation by USA Today in 1998-99, and was captain of the bronze medal winning 1998 United States World Youth Games Team.

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