In-depth review of the most common hockey injuries. Also a source for analysis and explanation of injuries affecting popular athletes.

September 20, 2018

The most difficult part of the whole situation is that there is not much that can be done to expedite the healing process. If a nerve is stretched then the function usually will return to baseline shortly, minutes to hours. To make matters worse, Mariota will be at high risk for re-injury and will likely have to wear a elbow sleeve or pad on his throwing arm. I think his training staff will find a way to get him back sooner r...

August 11, 2018

First, you need to get yourself oriented to the anatomy of the knee. The femur is the upper thigh bone and the tibia is the lower shin bone that meet together to create the knee joint. We then have the ACL that runs directly through the middle of the knee acting as the major stabilizer of the knee joint. Here you can compare these structures of the knee model to the MRI of the exact same area.

June 14, 2018

In general, a distal biceps tendon rupture is a dramatic and serious injury. The distal biceps tendon attaches to the proximal radius bone in the forearm. The biceps muscle is primarily responsible for flexion (bending) of the elbow and supination. Most commonly, the injury occurs when an athlete has a sustained contraction of the biceps with the palms facing upwards, such as when doing a biceps curl or lifting a heavy object.

April 7, 2018

The typical mechanism of injury for a high ankle sprain is when the foot is planted and a force causes the ankle to be pushed inward as the foot is rotated outward. This process causes the talus bone to act as a lever to pry open the connection between the tibia and fibula and disrupt the associated ligaments. A high ankle sprain can be seen more often in rugby and football as well as with booted sports such as hockey and skii...

April 4, 2018

Bursitis is swelling and inflammation of a very thin fluid filled sac, called a bursa. The purpose of a bursa is to protect a bony prominence against friction and rubbing. In particular, olecranon bursitis is located at the bony point of one's elbow. We have bursas throughout our body, but they are mostly unnoticed until they become inflamed or infected. The most common mechanism is from direct contact, either through a di...

March 29, 2018

A ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb typically occurs when the thumb is forcibly pushed outward and extended away from the hand. The specific injury occurs between the metacarpal bone as well as the phalanx bone. The joint is referred to as the metacarpal-phalangeal joint. The direction of the force of the injury causes the thumb to bend outward causing the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) to stretch or tear. Athletes...

March 14, 2018

MLB is the only organization to require minimum time before return to play. There is a return to play protocol in place for each organization. The NFL and MLB require independent neurologic consultation as part of their return to play protocol.

March 14, 2018

The most common fractures to need surgery would be a metacarpal shaft fracture or a metacarpal neck fracture. An athlete probably would have a pin placed in the hand to stabilize the fracture, as shown below.

March 9, 2018

When an athlete is diagnosed or suspected to have a concussion the professional leagues require that the athlete is evaluated in a standard fashion which is referred to as the concussion protocol. The athlete is removed from play and is required to be evaluated by a healthcare professional typically the team physician or the athletic trainer. The evaluation generally consists of a physical evaluation checking nerve function, s...

March 9, 2018

The alteration to mental status can be obvious, such as loss of consciousness (being knocked out), confusion or disorientation. Other symptoms may not be easily identified at first and can include findings such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light or irritability. The list of symptoms that an athlete can develop in association with a concussion can be quite extensive and are listed below. A common misconception is that the...

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Dr. Randon T. Hall

A sports medicine physician with a passion to educate. My mission is to provide clear, concise and up to date education to athletes and sports fans for a better understanding of sports related health issues.


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