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The Patellar Tendon Stars This Week In The NFL

imagesGerald McRath, a Tennessee Titans’ linebacker who had missed some playing time at the close of last season in part due to knee pain, is set for surgery to repair the partially torn left patellar tendon that has continued to hamper him. He is expected to be out for the year.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost right guard Davin Joseph to a what is likely a season-ending right patellar tendon tear suffered on August 24th during a preseason victory over the New England Patriots,

Rounding out the list is promising Steelers’ rookie guard David DeCastro, who hit a terrible trifecta with a dislocated right patella, torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) and partially torn patellar tendon on August 25th

The ACL (& Achilles) In The NFL

suggsThe ACL is the primary stabilizer of the knee and the MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) is the ligament that stabilizes the inner compartment of the knee. Ligaments attach adjacent bones and, though they allow for some accessory movement, their role is to stabilize joints by limiting their mobility. For a quick read on the anatomy of the ACL and MCL as well as factors related to their injury and rehab, take a look at a previous injury Breakdown on the topic.

Jim Leonhard And The Ruptured Patellar Tendon Club

leonhardThe patellar tendon is a part of the extensor mechanism of the knee and it serves to connect the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (larger bone of the lower leg). The extensor mechanism acts to straighten (extend) the knee, and is also comprised of the four quadriceps muscles of the front of the thigh, the quadriceps tendon (which attaches the quads to the patella), the ligaments that help to stabilize the patella (by providing a connection to the femur (thigh bone) above and to the tibia below), and also by other soft tissues on either side that help stabilize the patella and other structures of the knee.

The ACL In The NFL

images-2There have been so many season-ending injuries in the NFL this season, and complete ACL tears seem to lead this category. By my count, there are already 10 players who are looking on from the sidelines after having ACL surgery.

When watching replays on TV or at the stadium, I’m actually amazed there aren’t even more ACL tears. Feet are planted while the body rotates, a tackle forces a knee to hyperextend, pushing it beyond the straight or locked out position, or most commonly, a players legs are grabbed in a tackle while his body keeps moving (generally with the knee bent), forcing his knee to move in a manner that is simply not possible with the ligaments intact.

The Vick And Romo Dilemma: To Play Or Not To Play

RomoI’m not of the mind that players should simply tough it out when doing so is likely to contribute to an exacerbation of their injuries. Not allowing for a proper healing response delays recovery, often causing an injury to become an even bigger issue both on and off the field. Such situations can also result in chronic conditions. Not only can this potentially impact performance, it can, and often does, impact life. Just look at the struggles of many NFL veterans.

Football being football, there is the unwritten rule to target an opposing team’s weaknesses.

Steve Smith: Hyaline Cartilage Versus Menisci

images-3Steve Smith, NY Giants Pro-Bowl receiver, is reportedly facing season-ending surgery to address torn articular cartilage in his left knee. The injury was evidently the result of a tackle from behind, suffered in Monday night’s win over Minnesota. That game just wasn’t meant to be… It was a decidedly unfortunate return to the field for Smith, who’d missed the prior four games due to a partial tear of his pectoral muscle (in the chest). Smith will be missed. He is one of 12 Giants to have been placed on injured reserve this season, the fifth of whom is a wide receiver.

There has been confusion in the reports of Smith’s injury – some referring to the fact that he tore his meniscus, with most others stating that the injury was to the articular cartilage. It appears that those reporting the former are assuming that the two types of injuries are synonymous. They are not. I hope that what follows will clarify the distinction for you.