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Don’t Look For Halladay Again This Season

images-13At the press conference held to announce Halladay’s impending surgery, it was stressed that the 35 year-old Phillies pitcher will take whatever steps are necessary both pre and post operatively and won’t rush back to the field. However, it was also said that he might still be able to play this season. Don’t count on it. The odds are not in his favor.

Injured Players Continue To Return Prematurely

bautistaIt’s no surprise that many athletes suffer setbacks from returning to competition too soon after suffering injuries. The healing process can only be prodded so much, and the demands that sports place on healing structures can readily create overuse and breakdown. And then there is the inherent risk of traumatic injury.

Of the many current injuries in MLB, a number of them might have been avoided with a slower progression back to the field. Others appear to be exacerbations waiting to happen.

Ben Roethlisberger’s Partial Rotator Cuff Tear

543px-Ben_Roethlisberger_Steelers_croppedTook a look at the current NFL injury report and had to mention that (including a few due to suspensions) it is 80 men deep – as of August 1st!

Not on the list is Steelers’ quarterback, Ben Roethlesberger, who yesterday just happened to mention that he has been playing with some shoulder pain due to a partial rotator cuff tear since sustaining the injury in a loss to Baltimore on November 6th, 2011. As with many of his prior injuries, Roethlisberger evidently has no intention of sitting this one out and is simply limiting his throwing in practice. I saw no mention of any medical treatment in the media. Though he reportedly laughed off the possibility of the tear worsening, that outcome wouldn’t be shocking.

On The Cuff

Rotator_cuffWhat is the Rotator Cuff?

Four muscles that originate on the shoulder blade (scapula) all essentially converge into a common tendon to attach at the front, top and back of the head of the humerus (the bone of the upper arm). Collectively, they constitute the rotator cuff. You may recall that tendons connect muscle to bone. Those of the rotator cuff are no different.

The muscles that contribute to this tendon are responsible for different actions.