Monthly Archives: August 2011

Another Fall at Rangers’ Ballpark

Officials are now baffled at the mystery behind a Rangers’ fan falling 21 feet down a stairwell last Saturday night. Apparently, friends and police confirm there was no foul play (forgive the baseball pun) and the game was still in session, which means that there was no pushing crowd in which a fan might have become tangled. Yet the fall still happened and no one seems to know why. This is third accident of its kind in two years. Could the stadium be cursed?

Rangers fan and firefighter Tyler Morris dropped from the upper deck when trying to catch a foul ball in 2010. Although he survived, he battled skull fractures as well as permanent damage to his foot and ankle. And two months ago, firefighter Shannon Stone landed on concrete after falling off a railing in an almost spooky parellel to Morris. Her injuries eventually turned fatal.

After Stone died, the Rangers introduced new safety measures and even worked to raise the rails about a foot higher; up to 42 inches. But the changes implemented were considered for potential falls inside the field area, not the stairwells on the outside. Clearly, that was an aspect of safety that was overlooked. No one is quite sure why these strange accidents continue happening to Rangers’ fans in Rangers ballpark, but for everyone’s sake, let’s hope they’re just a series of awful coincidences.

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Playing All 60 Minutes… in Preseason?

No one should be surprised that New England Coach Bill Belichick is once again on the hot seat. But this time it isn’t about a cheating scandal or a heartless trade (aka, Randy Moss to the the Minnesota Vikings). Now the NFL is wondering why Coach Belichick unnecessarily played one of his best players in a preseason match up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Danny Woodhead, who emerged as a tiny superstar in last year’s Patriot roster, was taken off the field on August 18 after a harsh and sound-riddled helmet-first clash in the open field.

When asked about his choice to play Woodhead at a time in the game when they were already winning, the coach said, “When we go into any game, all players are told to be ready to play the entire 60 minutes. That’s what a game is. We don’t stop playing. We don’t stop coaching. Everybody’s ready to play the whole time from beginning to end. That’s every player and every coach. That’s part of the game. That’s how we approach them all.”

Would we expect anything less? The argument over whether to play full throttle in the preseason is a little like the debate over whether to play starters at the end of a season when a team has already locked in the top seed of the playoffs. Will the rest make them weaker? Maybe. But a potential injury could hobble a team drastically. If Woodhead doesn’t come back soon, Patriot fans may feel the loss in more ways than one.

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In the Aftermath of Irene

For the majority who were in the line of fire this weekend, Hurricane Irene did far less damage than expected and was even downgraded to a tropical storm by Sunday morning. At last count, approximately 20 Americans lost their lives during the storm and very few citizens needed to visit the ER during the worst of the winds. Some hospitals even took the liberty of encouraging low risk patients to go home early so as to be in the shelter of their own homes. As a result, medical facilities were commonly barren during the height of the storm.

Unfortunately, the potential for injury has just begun. As residents go outside and begin the cleanup efforts in the aftermath of Irene, picking up debris and kicking on generators may be more dangerous than the hurricane itself. Individuals who might never use their ladders or chainsaws during the year now suddenly feel compelled to help clean up, but they end up hurting themselves in the process. Add to this problem an increase of fallen power lines throughout the massive span of 4 million homes who are currently without power. Oxygen tanks needing electricity, broken wires lying in the street, and any number of unexpected or unusual situations can lead to a great influx of new patients in the ER.

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Will Manning Reach 209 Consecutive Starts?

For Peyton Manning, playing football every Sunday for the last 13 seasons has been as familiar as seeing the sun rise every morning. Barely injured throughout his long career, Manning has been a perennial superman for the Indianapolis Colts. Invincible, you might even say. But not anymore. As the Brace Shop noted on July 15, Manning was at risk of missing some games this season as a result of a neck injury that he was trying to play off as less serious than it actually was. Now those fears of missing a regular season opener are more serious than ever.

Right now, Manning is slated to miss the final two preseason games against Green Bay and Cincinnati and still potentially needs another week of recovery beyond that.

“I certainly want to be out there, and it’s hard to keep track of the hours I’ve spent in rehab. I was short-changed a little bit by the lockout and I’m going to need every bit of the next two weeks, and then I can give you more of an update with where I am. I have made progress, but I still have some work to do. When I’m healthy enough, I’ll be able to play.”

Now that sounds like a man who knows his limitations. Stopping the Colts early is usually the best chance the AFC has to keep them from being a threat in the post season.

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Paying for the Dive

Oh, how we love to see our favorite athletes dive for a catch. In football, that diving catch might mean the difference between a touchdown and a win. In baseball, that diving catch might mean the end of an inning. But no matter what it means in the moment, we simply can’t get enough of it. And they know it.

So who can blame Carlos Quentin, a Chicago White Sox right fielder, for putting his body out there on a spectacular catch that ultimately cost him a shoulder? The MRI on Sunday indicated a AC joint sprain on the left shoulder, which left Quentin unable to join his team against the Texas Rangers in the finale on Sunday. Anyone who saw the catch knew that Quentin went down in an awkward fashion and most mortals, like us, would have required a little help getting up. Being the super man that he is, Quentin got up and walked gingerly off the field, leaving the hole to be filled by Alejandro De Aza.

Fortunately for Chicago, De Aza was strong enough in his brief showing to literally route the Rangers with a convincing and terrifying 10-0 victory. So if the Sox are that good without Quentin, hopefully he makes it back soon and they’ll be that much better.

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Mineral Quakes, Irene Looms

For approximately 45 seconds on Tuesday afternoon, the East Coast was shaken by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. And what began with an epicenter in Mineral, Virginia could be felt several hundred miles away in areas of New York to the north and both Carolinas to the south. The earthquake comes as a surprise to East Coast citizens who are already bracing for Hurricane Irene, which is set to hit U.S. soil on Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

In the aftermath of such an unexpected event, most areas have reported that their structures are intact and people are okay. The National Park Service, for example, closed the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Old Post Office Tower, but reported no injuries to its many visitors in the capitol. A small cross section of the Washington Reagan National Airport had to be evacuated after several staff noticed a distinct odor of gas in the air, but the concern appeared to be unnecessary.

For an earthquake that managed to cross multiple state lines, officials are pleased to hear that there have been no deaths and only minimal injuries. The District of Columbia reported numerous injuries, but nothing serious. Experts can be sure that if Hurricane Irene touches ground this week, risks of injury and death for a natural disaster will go up. For now, the Mineral earthquake merely served to give the capitol a little non-political shake up.

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Preseason Boom, Regular Season Vroom

When the Saints signed defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin during their last minute offseason, the last thing they expected was a preseason injury that might end his entire season before it begins. But running up against the powerhouse Houston Texans on Saturday, Franklin went down hard with a sprained medial collateral ligament. Initially, reports from the team doctor were concerning. Now it appears he’ll be ready for action in three weeks or less. And that’s quite alright for the boys in Louisiana, since they’ll need him in the regular season opener against the Green Bay Packers on September 8.

Franklin had originally been a member of the San Francisco 49ers’ roster until they were unable to reach an agreement over his contract. The hefty lineman was even tagged as a franchise player with the Niners in 2010, but with another, new collection of coaches and front office workers in San Francisco, his contract was up for discussion. Few saw Franklin as a long term solution for the Niners, who are consistently in a state of flux. His 8-year career began with the high-flying, defense-minded Baltimore Ravens. Of course, Franklin is no Ray Lewis, but if he can get himself health enough for the Ravens on September 8, his presence will be felt.

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Back and Forth with Murray and Djokovic

Literally. In June, the Brace Shop began talking about the British tennis phenom, Andy Murray, because he had been at risk of missing Wimbledon with a torn ankle tendon. Wimbledon was then conquered by Novak Djokovic. Now it would appear that Djokovic is down with a shoulder injury and faced a tough loss on Sunday in the 2011 Cincinnati Masters to… who else? Andy Murray. So no joke, this battle seems to go back and forth between Murray and Djokovic.

On Sunday, Djokovic dropped out of a game with Murray after citing shoulder pain, thus causing him to lose none other than his second game only this entire season. Both he and physicians ceded that the pain and trouble had been nagging for more than a week, but had gotten worse and worse leading up to the Sunday match.

But this is not Djokovic throwing in the towel. On the contrary, we’re just 8 days away from the U.S. Open and he has his heart set on a full, shoulder recovery prior to the opening of the first match. In 2008, it was Murray and Djokovic who competed in the final round of the U.S. Open. Murray won. Now Djokovic is convinced that an identical match up may be inevitable if he can get himself healthy enough to make it that far in the competition.

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Jackson to Play through Hip Injury

When Steven Jackson joined the Rams in 2004, St. Louis had already lost a little swagger from their days as the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’. And when it came to running backs, no one was more beloved than Marshall Faulk. Jackson was passed on by several teams in the 2004 Draft, many citing that he had ended his last year at Oregon State with a nagging knee injury. He wasn’t worth the risk to most. St. Louis took the gamble and he paid off with multiple record breaking seasons and Pro Bowl appearances.

But even with that in mind, the Rams have had an abysmal collection of bad seasons, only recently finding their way back into competitive football with the addition of Sam Bradford at quarterback. Yet just when they were starting to get their footing back, Jackson is said to be playing through a hip injury before the season has even gotten under way.

When asked about the hip on Wednesday, he called it ‘trivial’ and claimed the trainers were only being cautious. But this hasn’t diminished speculation. Playing through a hip injury can often be like typing through carpal tunnel. A minor injury can still turn ugly if a player doesn’t allow time for healing. Jackson says that he’s more focused on learning the playbook from offensive guru and new coach Josh McDaniels. “We’re all fairly new to it so you just want to make sure you’re executing the plays and doing the things coach McDaniels wants,” said Jackson. Let’s just hope for his sake (and all fans of St. Louis) that a man whose job involves quite a bit of hip twisting can actually execute those plays when it counts. The new season is just a few weeks away.

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Study Proves McDavid Lace-Up Ankle Braces Prevent Basketball Injuries

Lace-up ankle braces are designed to prevent acute ankle injury in amateur athletes. But until now, that statement wasn’t backed up with any hard-core evidence. A recent study, the most extensive of its kind, shows that lace-up ankle braces, specifically the McDavid 195 Ultralight Ankle Brace, prevents most acute ankle injuries in amateur basketball players.

A pair of researchers at the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine – Tim McGuine, PhD, ATC, and Dr. Alison Brooks – designed the study to demonstrate the positive effect of wearing an ankle brace over a career. The controlled study involved 1460 male and female (ages 13-18) basketball players from 46 high school schools across the country. During the 2009-2010 season, one group (740 student-athletes) wore McDavid 195 Ultralight Ankle Braces exclusively while the other group (720 student-athletes) did not wear any braces. Results of the study show that the athletes who didn’t wear the McDavid lace-up ankle brace showed a rate of injury nearly three times higher than those who wore the brace.

According to representatives from McDavid, the decision to use their lace-up braces was collaboration between players, McGuine and Brooks.

“They started by soliciting ankle braces from all manufacturers who were willing to participate,” Rey Corpuz, director of Marketing for McDavid said. “A sample group of players were given several brands of ankle braces to try on, and were then asked: ‘If you were to purchase one of these braces, which would you choose?’ According to McGuine, the choice was determined on fit, comfort, effectiveness and whether or not the athletes would actually buy the brace on their own. It came down to two brands, including ours, and in the end, the decision was made to proceed with McDavid exclusively.”

“McDavid ankle braces were used exclusively in the study because it was one of the ankle braces that players gravitated towards because they thought it was one of the most comfortable and gave the best support when sampling it over several other brands,” says McGuine.

Through the study, Dr. McGuine concluded that basketball has one of the highest rates for ankle injuries, and concludes that a simple brace, in this case, the McDavid 195 Ultralight brace, can help keep an athlete on the court instead of in the training room.

“Ankle injuries are one of the most common types of injuries, especially among high school basketball players,” Brooks said. “Once an athlete has sustained an injury, rehab and a brace can reduce the risk of re-injury.”

Injuries can also be costly. According to the study, each injury costs close to $12,000 dollars per athlete, in direct and indirect costs to treat. In addition, 30 percent of the athletes who sustain ankle injuries will experience long-term negative effects as an adult.

“In the United States, an estimated $2 billion was spent on direct and indirect costs in treating ankle sprain injuries of high-school athletes in 2007,” said Dr. McGuine.

Acute ankle injuries are typically the result of a traumatic event most often caused by the sudden stops and starts common to a sport like basketball. Ankle injuries are the most common type of injury in high school athletes in the United States, with 78,000 occurring in female and male high school basketball players annually.

“Seeing more than three times the amount of acute ankle injuries without the brace is a telling statistic,” McGuine said. “Having more players wear a brace on a regular basis would help prevent injury.”

Furthermore, the study proves that the effectiveness of lace-up braces is independent of an athlete’s injury history. This combats the previously-held notion (from studies using alternative types of intervention products) that braces are more effective in athletes with a previous history of injury than those without.

According to a statement made by McGuine in 2009, the study was also intended to help justify the use and cost (can range from $35 to $70 depending on the brand) of lace-up ankle braces to athletes and their parents.

Dr. McGuine answered his question from two years ago with this study which finds that lace-up ankle braces, specifically the McDavid 195 Ultralight, can significantly reduce the risk of ankle sprain in athletes, even those with no history of injury.


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