Thursday, October 23, 2008

High Tech?

I understand this athlete had a CT scan to his brain 3 weeks prior to his death. As with other sports injuries, we cannot rely on technology alone in addressing brain injury issues in sports. Athletic Training is both an art & a science. However, the more an ATC moves away from high tech (head injuries & other wise), the more we are second guessed (I am by no means saying that this went on in the Montclair case). Yeah, it still happens to me three decades into the game-and I'm sure I'm not the only one. If you would like to anonymously share your "MD coach" stories, feel free to do so. Oh, come on, we all them. I've even had coaches who could read X-rays!


Muscles said...

Best one I have goes as follows: Senior female soccer player injures knee at away game. I eval the next day and it is clear her ACL is absent. I refer her to orthopod. Athlete comes back with note that she has a hamstring strain and must rest one week and then is cleared to play. 1 week later athlete is dribbling across the 18 goes to cut and WHOOP there goes the knee. I run onto the field get the girl back to the bench and after 10 minutes of whimpering (she was a tough one)she wants to go back in. I tell her why this isn't a good idea and then explain to dad who is now behind the bench. Fortunately my persuasion prevailed and she did not return. A return visit to the orthopod revealed she did have a torn ACL. Icing on the cake was that her dad was a malpractice attorney. YIKES.

JH said...

While working for the Marines we had a recruit come to us with an injury that was thought be a fake according to the military docs. After evaluating him I suggested that the labrum was injured. Through a lot of convincing, they performed an MRI and found that he did have a labrum tear.