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.