Football players are bigger and faster and stronger than ever- and the rate and severity of injuries has increased too. What are the effects when athletes train too much, build muscle mass, and slam into each other? Well, the people in the sports medicine field are keeping pretty darn busy, for one thing! Our themes today include over exercising, awesome vs. gruesome, knees, knees, knees and how far will you go to be able to throw an apple really hard? As usual, Dr. Souryal has answers for all callers’ questions.
The first has had a SLAP repair and would like to know his recovery outlook. A father asks how much is too much training for his ten year old son and how on earth to stop him from overdoing exercise? How long after a fifth metatarsal break can you consider it fully healed and resume all activity? Dr. Souryal clarifies the roles “unloading braces” and custom prosthetics play in knee replacements. A football coach weighs in on gruesome injuries and multiple surgeries, then a former college football player who had an LCL tear, replacement, and high tibia osteotomy calls to say that his intense short term pain did result in longterm gain for him.
In the second half, sports specialist Dr. Brad Bellard adds his two cents about weighty young athletes and the pressure to perform. The conversation on the art of diagnosis, outcomes, and even medical coding continues.