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What is a Lisfranc Injury?

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Lisfranc_anatomyWhat is a Lisfranc injury?  It is an injury to Lisfranc’s joint, which connects the metatarsal bones, the long bones in the foot, to the tarsal bones, the smaller bones in the mid-foot.  These bones are connected by strong ligaments that help to support the arch of the foot during weight bearing.  If the ligaments are stretched or torn, then the foot may become unstable which initially causes pain, but can ...

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How Will Dennis Pitta’s Hip Dislocation Affect His Season?

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PittaBaltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta reportedly dislocated his hip during practice Saturday after a collision with safety James Ihedigbo. According to the AP report, Coach John Harbaugh said Pitta is expected to remain sidelined throughout the preseason and for the Sept. 5 regular season opener against Denver. If Pitta truly dislocated his hip, this may be an overly optimistic predication for his return to play.

A 2008 article by Kelly ...

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Thoughts on Kevin Ware’s Injury

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The University of Louisville Cardinal guard Kevin Ware sustained a horrifying tibia fracture in the Midwest Regional final today against Duke.  CBS insisted on showing multiple slow motion replays that demonstrated Ware’s tibia breaking and then puncturing through the skin.  While the injury looked extremely gruesome, there is still a favorable prognosis for Ware.  It is certainly a season-ending type of injury, but not career-threatening.  Notable players with similar injuries are Joe Theismann, Michael Bush, Edgar Sosa, and Sid Vicious ...

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Is Football Safe for Our Kids?

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shoulder_padsI have written on this subject in the past, and many medical experts have weighed in on this topic over the past year.  An excellent collection of expert responses to the question “Would you let your son play football?” can be read here on Dr. David Geier’s blog.  Since President Obama was recently asked about the violence in American football in an interview in The ...

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Don’t Rush Back from Injury

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Roethlisberger-sackIf you lead an active lifestyle, then you know that injuries are sometimes just a part of life.  Certain activities and sports are riskier than others from an injury standpoint, and if you participate in those then you also have to accept the fact that you may miss some time getting over an injury.  It can be a big disruption to your normal routine, but I can’t stress how ...

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