Ryan Shazier

As linebacker Ryan Shazier lie clutching his mid-back, his legs motionless, the American football world fell silent. It’s a difficult injury to discuss because he’s still recovering and likely still in a place where he doesn’t yet know what that recovery will mean. I’ve gotten many, many questions about his injury. I will try to…

Aaron Rodgers eyes a return, but is it too risky?

Aaron Rodgers returned to practice this week, 7 weeks after surgery for a throwing arm clavicle fracture. Rodgers is eligible to return from injured reserve to play in next weekend’s game against Cleveland. He has been seen throwing as early as 2 weeks ago and his teammates say he looks like his usual self in…

Sunday quick thoughts on Hogan, Mitchell, Bennett, altitude

The Patriots are a mile high in Denver today and will be staying the week in Colorado Springs to prepare for an even higher altitude and tougher playing conditions in Mexico City next weekend. They traveled with an old familiar face, but will he be able to overcome his own injury to help an offense…

Brady has left AC joint injury, missed practice today

Tom Brady has been taking quite a beating through 5 games this season. You couldn’t help but think that at least one of them was going to stick. Mike Giardi and Tom E. Curran were first to break the news Tuesday that Brady was initially injured in the week 4 loss to the Panthers. The…

JJ Watt injury

Texans DE JJ Watt (Lateral tibial plateau fracture): Watt’s left cleat tripped up a bit and resulted in an awkward couple of steps on his left leg. The second step appeared to result in a significant, forceful valgus injury (bending inward like this >|) to his left knee. As TV broadcasters mentioned, the same injury…

Announcement of a potential blood test for CTE opens the door for many new questions

This week, researchers at Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopahty (CTE) Center announced that they may have identified a biologic marker that could be measured in blood or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of living athletes to diagnose CTE. Currently, researchers have only been able to definitively diagnose the chronic brain injury in athletes post-mortem by examining cadaver…

My un-spun thoughts on Tom Brady’s book, The TB12 Method

I have to start with this – I am a Tom Brady fan. His commitment to the game of football, his mental toughness, how he carries himself off the field – he is a superstar. I admire Alex Guerrero. I cannot even comprehend how much work went into not only the vision behind TB12 but…

Early sports specialization – our kids are doing too much

Fall is here. As a mother of three active boys, that means it’s time to pull out an extra large blank calendar and commence the daunting task of figuring out how to get each boy to and from a growing list of after-school sports practices and games. I’m a sports medicine doctor. Before kids, I…

Patriots Injury Thoughts from Week 1

Well, one week in and the Patriots find themselves with a bit of an injury problem. What a difference compared to last year, when Coach Bill Belichick uncharacteristically lauded his training staff for their efforts to keep his team healthy and on the field. In fact, last year I wrote about the significant decrease in…

Bryce Harper injury explained

Saturday night, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper slipped on 1st base and sustained what looked like a gruesome left knee injury. Bryce Harper may have just seriously hurt his knee. Stayed down for quite awhile and helped off the field with no weight on the leg. pic.twitter.com/sdc6Vrk90J — Jimmy Spencer (@JimmySpencerUN) August 13, 2017 You…

Elbow soreness resurfaces for David Price

Red Sox pitcher David Price has been placed on the 10-day disabled list after reporting increased soreness in his throwing elbow. The timing of this trip to the DL may be as “unique” as Price’s elbow itself, as he was scheduled to take the mound in Fenway for his first start since publicly confronting hall…