After the crazy ending to the Michigan-MIchigan State game, there were a few medical storylines. One guy's heart couldn't take the wild turn of events and suffered a heart attack in the stands, but was saved by a fast acting EMS crew.
The other story was Jalen Watts-Jackson (#20 - MIch St.) suffering a hip fracture and dislocation at the end of the game winning touchdown. Unlike other joints of the body, the hip is a ball and socket joint that requires a tremendous amount of force to dislocate. Usually the socket is broken in the back as the ball pops backwards. These injuries are more often seen in car accidents rather than football games.
The major concern after a traumatic event is not just hip instability, but preserving the blood supply the ball of the hip. As in the picture below, once the blood supply is disrupted, the ball will fragment as lose its circular shape in a process known as AVN (Avascular Necrosis). The only lasting treatment would then be...
A valgus knee injury is a common football injury. It occurs when the knee is forcibly bent inward.
Injuries can be as mild as an MCL sprain. (stretching or partial tearing of the inner ligament of the knee) If strong enough, the inside meniscus can tear as well as they are firmly attached to each other.
If the force is even stronger, it can crack the outside shin bone resulting in a tibial plateau fracture like in the case of Saints coach, Sean Payton.