Many people confuse the concussion protocol’s 5 stages with 5 days. And that’s just not the case. It varies by player and the severity of his concussion, as well as the number of concussions he’s experienced. It could take anywhere from a week to a couple of months for an athlete to advance through all 5 stages and get back on the field.
I was shocked to see that the NHL is battling an outbreak of mumps — yes, the mumps. It’s a disease from my generation’s childhood that we in the medical community thought was kaput. Not so. It has affected a handful of teams, taking players completely off the ice for up to a week.
On the heels of the recent tragic news regarding the Buckeye’s Kosta Karageorge, who took his own life over the weekend, I had the chance to visit in studio WAKR morning show host Ray Horner to discuss concussions and their aftereffects.
Turf toe and Lisfranc fractures, a similar injury, are a big deal. Because athletes put so much pressure on the ball of their foot, when that joint wears out and there’s no stability, players can’t push off, sprint or change direction. And without these moves, they aren’t gonna play.
FDA officials spent the weekend in NFL locker rooms investigating several teams regarding the abuse of painkillers in the league. In May, a lawsuit was filed by 1,200 NFL players depicting a disturbing cycle of narcotic cocktails being handed out like candy before and after games to encourage play.
There’s a hot new trend in hip surgery called hip arthroscopy that’s helping athletes avoid hip replacements later in life. And the good news is it’s a relatively simple surgery, so the complications and recovery time are minimal.