Category Archives: Hip

Owens Tweets, Willis Returns

This week, the San Francisco 49ers released Braylon Edwards and left open a gaping hole in their receiving core. With the 2nd Seed of the NFC almost locked up, the loss of Edwards (even though he was injured) is tricky. Quarterback Alex Smith has a good arm and needs help if the Niners plan to make any distance in the playoffs.

Knowing the sudden need in San Francisco, fans were awkwardly shocked when an out-of-nowhere receiver decided to ‘tweet’ his interest to the team: T.O. Aka… the I-go-from-team-to-team-and-burn-bridges Terrell Owens. Coach Jim Harbaugh is not likely to risk the positive attitude his Niners have right now by putting a wild card receiver on the team. Not to mention, a receiver who already played in San Francisco only to diss his quarterback at the time (Jeff Garcia) and eventually play for the team’s greatest nemesis: the Dallas Cowboys. Along the way, Owens played for Philadelphia, Buffalo and Cincinnati, showing his lack of staying power. Harbaugh is in the process of building a team that he wants to compete for years to come and Owens is a temporary bad apple. Not exactly the kind of team-building option the Niners need right now.

With all that in mind, Alex Smith might only need to play safe through the playoffs. San Francisco’s defense is playing better than any other group in the NFL. And this week, Harbaugh is considering the possibility of letting Patrick Willis return after his right hamstring injury a few weeks ago. The reason? If the Niners can shut down the St. Louis Rams during the final week of the regular season on Sunday, they will earn a second round bye and a much needed week of rest. One less team to fight in the playoffs means one week closer to the Super Bowl and a chance to compete for their sixth title.

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Time to Do or Addai

With a standing of 0 wins and 5 losses, the Indianapolis Colts are all but finished for the season. No Peyton Manning. No Kerry Collins. And now, no Joseph Addai. That’s right. While every Colts fan knew the season was pretty much a wash without Manning, the hits just keep on coming.

The game between Indianapolis and the Kansas City Chiefs was all Indy in the first 20 minutes, with the Colts going up 17-0 against a familiar AFC opponent. Even Curtis Painter, the new starting quarterback, looked sharp, closing out the game with 277 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. But in the first quarter of play, Joseph Addai went down with a hamstring injury and did not return to the field all day. Every ounce of potential momentum the Colts had acquired up to that point was quickly gone after his absence. Chiefs took the win, 28-24.

Elsewhere in the league, Raider nation was proud to earn a win against the rising Houston Texans. Their victory comes at a timely moment in team history: their long time owner, Al Davis, died in his home this past week, sparking an emotional and physical defense of the Davis legacy. During the game, Houston’s star linebacker went out with an unusual pectoral injury during the first quarter.

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St. Louis Remembers 9/11

Over the past four days, residents of St. Louis have been engaged in memorials, recognition, and praise for the many whose lives were sacrificed on that fateful day of September 11, 2001, just ten years ago. The St. Louis Fire Department has set up a temporary ‘remembrance wall’ in which photographs of all the New York City firefighters who died during the terrorist attacks are on display. One resident called this period of remembrance a “chance to meet in good times.” And while our national politics may shade perception about what is and is not working in the United States, we can surely say that a period of reflection is far more of a ‘good time’ than the original moments when our sorrows rose to their heights in 2001.

Amidst the national memorials and pauses for silence, Sunday was also marked off on the calendar of football fans as the day when regular season games would once again return for the weekend. For the St. Louis Rams, players and fans know that ten years ago, their team was known across the NFL as ‘the greatest show on turf’ with Kurt Warner leading the charge. And ten years ago, it was the St. Louis Rams who went to the Super Bowl after September 11, ultimately losing a game in which they were heavily favored to the irony of all ironies, an aptly named Patriots team from New England.

Since that devastating year for the country, the Rams have been working to regain their stature as a worthy opponent, but each year they come up short. And on Sunday, with a matchup against Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, things weren’t looking much better. Second year quarterback Sam Bradford went down with an injured right index finger, demonstrating during the first half that he couldn’t hang on to the football. Meanwhile, newly acquired running back Steven Jackson appeared to tear a right quadriceps after running for a touchdown in the first quarter. Both players will undergo continued testing this week and signs are better than initially expected. But at the close of the game, Bradford and Jackson could only wince at the score: 31-13, Philly wins.

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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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Hurdling an Injury

British track and field competitor, Andy Turner, is eager to make a name for himself on the Olympic world stage, but every time he goes up for a significant medal, his supporters find themselves questioning whether he is a worthy representative of their island nation. And now, just three weeks before the World Athletics Championship in Daegu, South Korea, Great Britain is preparing to name the members of its representative team, yet Turner entered the hospital this week with doctors saying he may have some serious damage to a hip muscle.

There is no such thing as an easy hip injury, but in the case of Andy Turner, his career has been stabilized through the 110 m hurdles. In 2006, he won a bronze medal at the European Athletics Championships and somehow accomplished a time of 13.28 seconds against the surging Petr Svoboda in the 2010 European Athletics Championships. Now, the hurdling star from Europe is at risk of falling behind once again.

“[The hip] is either slightly torn or irritated. Maybe it’s my body’s way of saying ‘you’ve been hammering things for a while now, ease off a bit’.” At least he’s being honest in his own self assessment. Sure, he could push it. But why? Sometimes the body needs to be heard.

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Paterno Gets the Blindside

Normally, fans of college football expect to see big men banging into each other while running up and down the field. What they do not expect to see is a legendary coach get blindsided by one of his own players. Least of all an 84 year old legend from Penn State (a guy who can actually remember what the real Great Depression was like).

Joe Paterno has every reason to sit back, retire, and enjoy the games at home without all the stress, but that’s not how JoePa does football. Remember Jessica Tandy from Fried Green Tomatoes? Her character was 83 and witty, but absolutely frail. Forgive the momentary comparison, but Paterno is the furthest thing from Tandy. He’s 84 and tough as nails.

During a practice on Sunday, Paterno was blindsided by one of his players on the field and rushed to the hospital, where (surprise, surprise) he was in good spirits as though nothing had happened. “I expect to be back at practice soon.” He said. “I’m doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me. I like the effort I have seen from the squad during our first few practices, but we have a long way to go to get ready for the schedule we have.”

The man never rests. Paterno suffered injuries to his right arm and hip, but plans on getting back to work in just a few days. After coaching five undefeated teams, earning the most victories than any other FBS coach, and achieving more bowl game wins than all other coaches in college football history, most would say he’s done it all. But hey, who are we?

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Army Major Daniel Gade: An Athletic Hero

Daniel Gade was roughly 20 years old when he graduated from West Point in 1997.  He joined the army as a company commander during peacetime until the events of September 11, 2001 turned global attention to the Middle East.  After being wounded twice in action, Gade spent the bulk of 2005 recovering from injuries, the worst of which included full amputation of his right leg from the hip after a tour of duty in Iraq.  For many soldiers, coming back from the physical and emotional turmoil of war injuries can be life altering.  Not for Gade.

He quickly learned to use his new prostheses, became a two-time Purpose Heart recipient, and eventually earned a place in the White House as the Associate Director for Domestic Policy where he took a key role in dealing with disability and health care issues.  Of course, walking freely and swiftly through the halls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue gave him a significant boost of confidence.

Last Sunday, Gade even showed up for the Owasco Man Sprint Triathlon in Auburn, New York.  The sport requires 1,000 yards of swimming, 14 miles of biking, and 3.1 miles of running.  Gasp!

“When I got hurt,” said Gade,  “it became important for me to, for my own mental health, to show others that wounded soldiers are going to be okay, that you just keep working on it and you keep doing your best… if you give up you’re never going to succeed.”  He called the triathlon a ‘metaphor’ on life, particularly his own.  For the United States of America, Gade is a hero.  To his family, even moreso.

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Stretch Before Running, Forest!

The story of Forest Gump is already a beloved classic for its heartfelt characters and larger than life tales.  In one of the most iconic scenes of the film, Forest decides, on a whim, to start running from coast to coast and back again with no apparent reason.  No one tells him to run, nor does anyone tell him to stop.  He just runs.  And eventually, after three years, two months, fourteen days and sixteen hours, he decides to go back home.

Most of today’s runners, like Forest, did not start out as track stars or well known athletes.  For the average American, running started as a cardio exercise that not only works up a sweat, but gives you time to think and reflect while burning a few calories.  The only problem is that few of us learn how to avoid the risks of running ourselves into an injury.

Everything from bones and muscles to tendons and ligaments require conditioning and strengthening, which is a habit and craft with former athletes, but not so with everyday Americans.  A body unprepared to run may succeed initially on a sprint, but running is about patience and endurance rather than urgency and sudden starts.  One of the most common injuries associated with runners is a hamstring strain.  Essentially, this is when muscle fibers are unreasonably stretched or torn with associated pains in the upper leg that can range from sudden cramps to immediate burning.

The solution for successful running is to consider the activity as part of a long term project for your health.  Learn to take 10 to 15 minutes of stretching time before each run and then cool down with closing stretches after a run is over.  Working your body into a peak physical condition is far better than rushing it to handle what it was never trained to do.

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Bolt Unphased by Rival Injury

When Usain Bolt, a Jamaican sprinter, became the world’s greatest track sensation in 2002, everyone knew his turn at the Olympics would be right around the corner.  That chance came in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics where he ran the 100 meter dash in 9.72 seconds, the 200 meter in 19.3 seconds, and the 4×100 relay race in 37.10 seconds.  The 100 and 200 meter races earned him world records, but within just a year at the 2009 World Championships, he lowered his time on both.  Along the way, only one man has really stood a chance at defeating Bolt in the 2012 London Olympics: Tyson Gay.

Unfortunately, Gay had to admit last week that a nagging hip deserved more attention than he had been giving it.  With the 2011 World Championships scheduled to begin in August, experts are fairly sure that Gay is out.  That means Bolt’s next best competitor, or so it seems, is Walter Dix.

“I want [Bolt] to be at his best, so when I beat him there will be no excuses,” said Dix.  His statement was a reference to last year’s competition when Bolt lost to Gay and claimed that it was simply an ‘off’ year.  Walter Dix, a graduate of Florida State University, wants no whining from Bolt when the clock stops.  His confidence is obvious, but commentators and experts aren’t so sure.  Gay, they argue, was the last runner Bolt had to worry about.

But even in the absence of Gay, Bolt is fully aware of the other competitors and how big they talk.  He has expressed no intentions of slowing down practice or limiting his regiment just because Gay is out.  Probably a good idea.

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Twice the Rice of 2009

With all the talk about Plaxico Burress returning from prison as the potential NFL ‘comeback’ story of 2011, fans have almost forgotten about Sidney Rice and his own turn of events in Minnesota.  In 2009, Brett Favre had what was arguably one of his best years as a professional quarterback and he owed much of that success to the receiving ability of Rice, who played all 16 games and caught 83 catches with 8 touchdowns.  It was at the end of that season, however, at the culmination of what many thought would be the year of the Vikings, when Rice endured a hip injury that cost him the rest of that season and most of the next.

Today, Rice is a free agent and his rep, Drew Rosenhaus, is insisting that the hip is completely healed. “Any doubt regarding his hip injury is erased!”  Maybe.  But whether he’s perfectly recovered or not, Rice is not bound to stay in Minnesota.  Under the tentative and drawn out collective bargaining agreement between owners and players, someone like Rice may be considered ‘unrestricted’ and welcome to sign with whichever team will have him.

Minnesota isn’t out of the question, though.  During the offseason, the Vikings acquired Christian Ponder from Florida State as the proverbial shadow of Favre.  If Rice believes that Ponder has what it takes to win a championship within his first year or two in the NFL, he’ll probably stay with the Vikings.  But wherever the star receiver lands, fans will be watching to see what happens when he makes a catch and twists too quickly to make a play.  Rosenhaus claims he’ll be twice the Rice he was in 2009.

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