Category "Injury Breakdown"

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Bradford And The AC Joint

OklahomaSooners-SamBradford_(cropped_1)Sam Bradford, 2008 Heisman winner and Oklahoma Sooner star quarterback, was virtually a sure thing to be the number one pick in this year’s NFL draft – At least that was the prevailing opinion until he sprained his right AC joint in September’s home opener. Optimism reigned when Bradford missed only three games, until he fell hard, re-injuring the same area, on the first play of the team’s second possession against Texas only six weeks later. Hopes for Bradford’s senior season came to a screeching halt with reconstructive surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews on October 28th.

What is the difference between the AC joint and the shoulder joint?

Achilles Ruptures Season

images-2In addition to the pain and swelling that are expected with any sports injury, disruption of the connection between the calf muscles and the heel results in an inability to contract these muscles; That means that you cannot rise up on your toes or walk with a normal push off when weight-bearing on your injured side. Running and jumping are therefore also out of the question. However, it may be possible to actively point your toes while you are not bearing weight due to the action of other muscles that help to provide this movement.

Why do Achilles tendons rupture?

UCL Rules Of Thumb

imagesA ligament is the connective tissue connecting one bone to another to provide stability at a joint. Each joint has at least one ligament on each side. In the hand or elbow, the inner (medial) side, or side of the ulna bone in the forearm, is called the ulnar side and the outer (lateral) side is called the radial side because of its relationship to the radius (the outer bone in the forearm). Hence, at the base of the thumb, just as at the elbow, the ligament stabilizing the innermost part of the joint is called the ulnar collateral (UCL).

Explaining The Sprain

imagesA handful of NBA players (including Kobe Bryant who returned last night after missing five games) are currently out or listed as day-to-day with ankle injuries. Most are recovering from ankle sprains, a very common basketball injury at every level of the game. This piece explains the difference between “high” and “low” sprains, inversion and eversion injuries and the ramifications of all for rehab and return to competition.