North Queensland Cowboys prop Griffin Neame has shared his experience of a frightening throat injury that occurred earlier this season. The 22-year-old was taken to hospital following a match against the Dolphins in Round 6 after sustaining two knocks to the throat whilst making tackles.
Despite battling through the injury on the field, Neame realised during post-match that something was very wrong and was taken to hospital in an ambulance. It was discovered that he had suffered a fractured cricoid, which is cartilage in the throat that contributes to the integrity of the airways.
Neame made a successful return last week and admitted to feeling nervous on the bench, worrying that he would cop another knock. The injury was caused when he was elbowed in the centre of the throat, leaving him struggling to breathe and in severe pain. After playing through the injury and receiving medical attention, he was unable to speak or eat for the first two weeks of recovery, losing four kilos while only consuming liquid.
Despite a solid return, Neame remains cautious. He has not forgotten about the injury and is nervous about the possibility of a recurrence.