Dr. Brad Bellard joins Dr. Souryal for this day-before-Super-Bowl episode. Chris Hall – former head athletic trainer and director of sports medicine at Texas Christian University, weighs in on a ruling about who can clear an injured athlete to get back in the game and explains an initiative to put an athletic trainer in every school nation-wide.
The doctors dole out their usual entertaining mix of sports medicine information and advice. A caller from Fort Worth wonders if his current burning elbow is related to his ruptured biceps injury suffered two years earlier. A former hockey referee hyper-extended his knees at 18 and has trouble 25 years later in his knees and back and neck. Where does he start to solve his current aches and pains?
The $64 million question is…what exercises might help to prevent ACL injuries? If only we knew! Callers continue with the ACL theme. A golfer damaged his knee last year and added a toe injury recently which affects his balance and mechanics. A concerned husband describes his wife’s ACL repair and patellar graft 16 months ago and is worried about her confidence in activities. A torn ACL was repaired and now has more damage- is that bad luck or added stress? The Doctors wind down with a discussion of HGH and CTE.
Hard to believe he’s gone. Legend David Bowie has passed and in tribute, provides the background tunes to this week’s show. Dr. Souryal, as usual, has so many good topics to get through. Roethlisberger’s and Romo’s shoulder injuries are explained in depth, along with the real reason for wearing shoulder pads. Teaching “rugby-style” tackling techniques at all levels could be good news for preventing concussions and aims to make football safer. The difference between an ankle sprain and a high ankle sprain is explained, at last, in Sports Medicine 101.
The text machine is going crazy bananas as a record number of questions and comments flow in and the phone lines are hopping, too. The first caller has questions about rehab for shoulder and knee surgery with just a week in between. How can he go about rehab for each at the same time? A high school coach has had both knees replaced and has lots of “static electricity“ pain two years later and a swollen foot. What now? An active flat-footed man has grade 3 ankle problems and asks if there is any alternative to the major reconstructive surgery that is recommended for him. A boxer gets a sharp stabbing shoulder pain while throwing a left jab that points to joint instability.
A youth football coach calls to weigh in on new Heads Up Tackling techniques. It is a good thing! Another PeeWee coach chimes in about still more benefits, including building confidence. The consensus: football needs this.