Ever Play Dizzy Bat?

April 16, 2019

What causes the awkward feeling and dizziness when playing the game “dizzy bat?”

Have you ever gone to a baseball game where the team’s mascot plays a funny game with a few contestants by having them run around in circles with their head on a bat and then they are asked to run in a straight line? If so, you’ve seen the hilarity that ensues afterwards while they are falling all over themselves and listing to one side trying as hard as they can to stay upright, but usually failing miserably.

This is caused by the thick fluid in the 3 semicircular canals in our inner ear called endolymph. When we spin the fluid moves causing receptor cells in our inner ear to also move which sends the information to our brain. When we stop moving the fluid continues to move due to inertia built up while spinning, which causes us to feel like we are moving even though we’ve stopped. Once the fluid stops, we then return to our baseline and can walk normally again.

While this is a funny feeling to experience as a participant or viewer when you know it will go away in a matter of seconds, imagine this intense feeling just getting out of bed in the morning or after bending forward to pick something off the ground. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, come to FPTS so we can help you determine the cause of your dizziness.

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