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Dr. Russo's Sports Medicine Blog

October 19, 2015

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...

October 10, 2015

My colleague, Scott Nelson, sent me this picture with the message, "What do you think?"


An injury like that can be as severe as any motorcycle or car crash. Likely most of the ligaments of the knee have been torn. (ACL, PCL, and either the lateral or medial collateral ligaments)


Usually a hyper extension injury to the knee would cause PCL tearing, but when this severe, there is likely more damage.


Right now, the training staff is making sure his blood flow to the leg is working and making sure any fractures are stabilized.


For a high level football player, this injury is often career ending or limiting despite the surgeon and player's best efforts.


It's horrible to see in such a talented player. Now LSU football fans will understand why Leonard Fournette wants to sit out..


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September 27, 2015


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.


MCL = 2 weeks

Medial Meniscus = 6 weeks

Tibial Plateau fracture = 12-16 weeks+

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