Bracing for PCL Tears; Post-workout ‘Active Recovery’; Youth Injury Summit

Episode 14.18 

Segment One – How Toby Gerhart uses the CTi Brace to Stay in the Game.

Discussion with Toby Gerhart, running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, about his PCL tear and use of the Össur® CTi custom ligament brace. Toby played college baseball and football for Stanford University. During his Sophomore season, Toby suffered a season-ending knee injury. The CTi brace has helped stabilize his knee, avoid surgery and prevent re-injury. In 2009 Gerhart won the Doak Walker Award  was the runner-up for the 2009 Heisman Trophy, coming in second by only 28-points – the closest vote in Heisman history. Gerhart lead all running backs in the nation in rushing yards, touchdowns, and points scored that season.”

Össur® CTi braces provide the ultimate combination of stabilization and protection of the knee joint. This truly custom-made brace uses Accutrac® hinges with extension stops to glide with the knee and breathable liners coated with bio-inert Össur® Sensil® Silicone to reduce migration and skin irritation. Flexible cuffs and buckles employ SensEdge overmolding to eliminate pressure points. For ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL, rotary and combined instabilities.

 

Segment Two – Train Like a Pro – Recover Like a Pro

Liz Yerly, a physical therapist, athletic trainer and massage therapist, launched Chicago Recovery Room at Accelerated Rehab in April 2013 to give amateur athletes access to techniques and expensive equipment used by professional athletes but not normally found in typical workout facilities. Yerly works with endurance athletes to implement strength training and encourages them to embrace targeted recovery as a form of injury prevention. “Instead of being reactive, we’re being proactive,” said Yerly, 34. Any recovery “that uses the body at a low level is better than complete rest.” Recovery is probably just as important, if not more important, than the actual workout itself If you are not recovering properly, you cannot become consistent enough with training.

 

Segment Three – Annual Sports Medicine Summit: Youth Injury Prevention & Treatment

Dr. David Garras, Foot & Ankle Orthopedic Surgeon from Midwest Orthopedics at Rush announces the 2nd Annual Sports Medicine Summit: Youth Injury Prevention & Treatment. FREE ½-day seminar at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on July 31, 2014. Panel includes Dr. Joshua Blomgren,  Dr. David GarrasDr. Jeffrey MjaanesDr. Kathleen WeberDr. Charles Bush-Joseph with discussion on:

  • Concussions
  • Anterior Knee: Pain & Diagnosis
  • Ankle Injuries: Prevention & Recovery
  • Dermatologic & Skin Infections & Nutrition

Following the presentation will be a panel discussion with John Byrne, Athletic Director – Wendell Phillips Academy H.S.; Shawn Walker, Baseball Coach – George Westinghouse College Prep; Positive Coaching Alliance. Coaches, parents, athletic directors and principals of young athletes are highly encouraged to join Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, team physicians for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and DePaul Blue Demons.

David Garras, M.D.Dr. Garras specializes in foot and ankle orthopedic surgery, with an emphasis on total ankle replacement, work and sports injuries, ligament and tendon repairs/reconstruction, minimally invasive and arthroscopic techniques, deformity correction and reconstructive surgery, and foot and ankle fracture care. He also has an acute interest in achilles ruptures, sports injuries, and foot and ankle arthritis. Dr. Garras was born in Egypt and grew up in southern California. He is fluent in Arabic. He was enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a medic and was honorably discharged.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, where he graduated summa cum laude at the top of his class, Dr. Garras went on to complete his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC where he worked with Dr. James Nunley and Dr. Mark Easley. He completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Rothman Institute, in Philadelphia, PA and worked with Dr. Steven Raikin. Under the direction of Drs. Robert Anderson, Hodges Davis, Bruce Cohen, and Carroll Jones, he then went on to complete his fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC.

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