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Chicago’s Greatest Sports Event of the Year

Chicago Sports Summit

The 3rd Annual Chicago Sports Summit is a half-day event featuring heavy hitters in sports. Female Olympic athletes will speak about breaking barriers and the #MeToo movement; general managers of Chicago’s pro teams will discuss secrets to navigating up and down seasons; former NFL and NHL hockey players will expose the prevalence of injuries like concussion.

Chicago Sports Summit 2018 - Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

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Our panelists this year will be discussing the following topics, and many more:

Women in Sports: Hear from some of the most influential women who are breaking down barriers in the world of sports.

The Team Behind the Team: Experience how sports and health experts help athletes get back in the game.

A View From the Top: A perspective on Chicago’s professional sports teams from their own front office executives

Chicago’s All-Stars: Hear from some of Chicago’s very own past and present sports stars.

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This regular segment of ‘Ask the Doctor’ addresses questions sent in by Sports Medicine Weekly followers.

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  • Shoulder Arthritis: Treatment alternatives; when is replacement advisable
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS): Treatment & Prevention.. More>>
  • Sciatica: Treatment alternatives

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White Sox phenom Michael Kopech likely needs reconstructive elbow surgery, will miss 2019 season

Chicago Tribune-September 8, 2018- Phil Rogers

Michael Kopech

Michael Kopech, the White Sox’s new Superman, has been cut down by a pitcher’s version of Kryptonite. He is believed to have torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, which could force him to undergo elbow reconstruction surgery and be sidelined until 2020.

It’s the same diagnosis that forced the Cubs’ Kerry Wood to undergo surgery after his Rookie of the Year season in 1998. More recently, the ligament transplant procedure known as Tommy John surgery has sidelined a long list of active major-leaguers, including Stephen Strasburg, Jacob deGrom, Yu DarvishJohnny CuetoCarlos CarrascoMichael Pineda and Adam Wainwright.

“Unfortunately, in this day and age, it’s a regular part of the game with pitchers,’’ Kopech said Friday. “Personally I never thought it would be something I would be going through. But it’s part of it.’’ Kopech becomes the fifth right-handed prospect ranked in the preseason top 100 by MLB Pipeline to suffer a serious elbow injury. He joins the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, Cardinals’ Alex Reyes, Ray’s Brent Honeywell and Reds’ Hunter Greene in having their development delayed by Tommy John surgery.

The success rate of the surgery is good, especially for pitchers who haven’t had a previous elbow reconstruction, and the White Sox are confident Kopech will remain a major part of their future despite the specter of major elbow surgery. “This is by no means the last we’ve seen of Michael Kopech,’’ Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “This is the last we’ve seen of him for ’18 and very likely for ’19, but he’s still going to play a significant role on what we project to be some very, very good White Sox teams in the future.”

Kopech experienced his first rough start in the major leagues on Wednesday night, giving up four home runs to the Tigers. It was seen as a minor blip until Friday, when orthopedic surgeon Nikhil Verma examined him and found a torn ulnar collateral ligament.  Hahn said an exam Friday “revealed a rather significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament.’’ He will receive a second opElbow Thumbnailinion next week but it seems the only question is who will perform the surgery.

This development comes as a shock to both the team and Kopech, who at 22 has been one of the most intriguing young pitchers in baseball. “It has been a whirlwind of emotions for me in the past couple of weeks obviously,’’ Kopech said. “From just about my absolute peak to the absolute rock bottom. To say it’s unexpected would be an understatement.’’


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