Timberline football coach Nick Mullen said he’s feeling OK almost 24 hours after a medical scare during the Blazers’ 41-0 loss to Gig Harbor on Thursday night that left him receiving an electrocardiogram (EKG) test from on-sight paramedics.
During the third quarter, the 38-year-old Mullen said he was in a squatting position on the sideline watching the Tides’ fifth touchdown drive when he felt a sharp pain near his neck and shoulders after rising to his feet following the touchdown that stretched the Tides’ lead to 35-0.
“I thought I was having a heart attack,” said Mullen, who noted he has history of low blood pressure and low blood sugar.
Unable to gather himself, he sat on the turf while being evaluated by the Blazers’ athletic training staff. He was seen to by the on-sight paramedics at Roy Anderson Field, who gave Mullen a series of tests.
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Mullen returned to the sideline inside of six minutes left in the game, and saw his family physician on Friday afternoon.
“He thinks I’m OK,” Mullen said. “It’s just really scary. I have to take better care of myself on game days.”