Staying Healthy in the NBA vs NFL

Mark Bartelstein from Priority Sports & Entertainment, Dr. Brian Cole (@BrianColeMD) and Steve Kashul discuss Bartelstein’s client Micheal Porter Jr. and protecting his best interest, his rehab and evaluating his long-term prognosis. Bartelstein discusses the difference between staying healthy in the NBA and the NFL.

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Sports Medicine Weekly on 670 The Score

Rotator Cuff Repair For Young Athletes: An Uncommon Operation With Excellent Results

By Dev Mishra, M.D., President, Sideline Sports Doc, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University

Key Points:

  • Rotator cuff tears requiring surgery are uncommon in young athletes
  • Surgery typically leads to excellent function and very high return to sports at the same level or higher, although overhead athletes may need to change positions

The rotator cuff is a term used to describe a group of four tendons at the top of the shoulder responsible for movement and stability of the shoulder joint. We’ll typically see rotator cuff tears in older athletes. In young athletes the most common issue with the rotator cuff is an overuse tendonitis, and occasionally a partial tear. A complete detachment of the rotator cuff from the bone is very uncommon in young athletes, but it can happen. When a detachment happens it will require surgery for the young person to have the best chance of full function. Fortunately surgery can lead to excellent results.

At the James Andrews sports medicine center in Birmingham, Alabama, they have quite a bit of experience with rotator cuff tears. In this published study, they report on 2-year follow up of young athletes with rotator cuff tears who underwent surgical repair. Attesting to the rarity of this problem, in an 8 year period at this very high volume clinic they identified 32 athletes (28 boys and 4 girls) with an average age 16 years.

Each athlete played at least 1 sport, and 27 athletes had no shoulder issues prior to the start of their pain. Twenty-nine of the 32 tears resulted from a traumatic event.

The athletes all had surgery at the Andrews Center. Overall, 25 patients (93%) returned to the same level of play or higher. Among overhead athletes, 13 (93%) were able to return to the same level of play, but 8 (57%) had to change positions.

Surgery for rotator cuff tears can lead to excellent outcomes in young athletes, but what we find from these results is that overhead athletes could have difficulties returning to the same position after surgery.Logo

If you’re a young athlete with a complete detachment of the rotator cuff you’ll likely need surgery to best restore shoulder function for sports as well as other activities. These uncommon injuries would best be managed by a physician with substantial experience in treating shoulder injuries.

The World’s Most Watched Sports Physicals

By Dev Mishra, M.D., President, Sideline Sports Doc, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University

Key Point:

  • The real purpose of the NFL Combine is to do preparticipation physical exams on the athletes entering the NFL draft

Will Sam Darnold throw? Apparently not. Will a “sleeper” rise to the top of the charts based on stellar performance? We’ll see. This week is the NFL Combine, the annual scouting evaluation taking place in Indianapolis.

My Stanford partners Drs. Tim McAdams (49ers head team physician) and Geoff Abrams will be attending, along with team doctors from all the other NFL teams. Geoff tells me they are expecting to do medical evaluations on close to 400 players in the next 4 days.

Just about every NFL fan is somewhat familiar with the “NFL Combine” held each spring prior to the NFL draft. This event is now a mind-numbing televised display of 40-yard dash times, shuttle runs, bench press reps, etc. But how many of you know the real purpose of the NFL Combine?

Well, the key purpose of the NFL Combine is to provide medical exams for the players entering the NFL draft- it is their preparticipation physical exam. The NFL Combine is properly called the National Invitational Camp and the first camp was held in 1982. The need for the camp arose out of a need from team executives and medical staff to determine the physical health of the players entering the draft.

Prior to 1982 there was no standardized way to assess player health coming out of college. The Combine was a way to do very detailed health assessments including possible heart and lung ailments, concussion history, and of course orthopedic history. Team medical staff will assign clearance classifications or grades to athletes that often attempt to predict future risk or effects on performance. Many millions of dollars ride on these assessments.

The players are broken up into position groups and then cycle through the various examSideLineSportsDoc rooms so that they meet with the medical staff for all 32 teams. The players are required to fill out medical histories but as you can imagine they may be reluctant to disclose everything, given that their athletic futures are on the line here. But these days the teams and their staff are pretty skilled at finding the information they need.

If you’re a true NFL junkie then take heart: the 2018 NFL season is underway.

Donor Family Shares Story of Hope; Zach Miller Knee Injury; Cheerleader Injuries

Episode 17.30 Rerun

Segment One (01:30): The Healing Process of Donor Parents Lori and Rob Chana.

Cameron Chana (2)Cameron Chana was a born leader who focused on making an impact in lives of others. He was very involved in volunteer work, his church, and went on mission trips across the world. No matter where he was, he encouraged positivity and spread his caring, upbeat energy.

The Chana family’s world was turned upside down when twenty-two-year old Cameron was killed in a bus accident in 2009. During a time of unimaginable grief, his parents and three siblings honored his wish to be a donor.

Cameron’s legacy of hope and love lives on through the gift of organ and tissue donation. He saved five lives through organ donation and impacted as many as 50 lives through tissue donation. Learn more at AllowSource.

Lori & Rob Chana with Steve and Dr. Cole

Chana family with Cameron on the Left

Cameron’s heart recipient


Segment Two (14.12): Steve and Dr. Cole talk with former Chicago Bear Otis WilsonUSP NFL: CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS S FBN NO CHI USA LA about Zach Millers horrific knee injury in the recent game against the New Orleans Saints. Chicago Bears Zach Miller had emergency surgery last week to repair a torn popliteal artery in his left leg, an injury that has resulted in amputation in some previous instances involving other football players. The 33-year-old dislocated his left knee while trying to catch a touchdown pass, which subsequently damaged the artery.


Segment Three (21:04): Dr. Kathy Weber from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush talksabout the prevalence of catastrophic injuries and concussions in cheerleaders. Cheerleading is by far the most perilous sport for female athletes in high school and college, accounting for as much as two-thirds of severe school-sports injuries over the past 25 years, according to a new report. Yet cheerleading remains one of the least-regulated sports, despite more than 95,000 high school girls and 2,000 boys signing up for spirit squads nationwide each year.


kathleen weberDr. Weber’s reputation as a leading sports medicine physician is enhanced by her remarkable activity in the treatment of high-level professional athletes. She serves as the head primary care sports medicine team physician for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox and the head team physician for the Chicago Force Women’s Football. She also serves as co-head team physician for the DePaul Blue Demons and the physician for the Hubbard Street Dance and the River North Dance Companies. In addition, she is a member of the LPGA Medical Advisory Board. She is on numerous committees including the NBA Team Physicians Executive Committee, NBA Research Committee, MLB Concussion Committee, and MLB Research Committee. Dr. Weber has been involved with the MLB Medical Advisory Board for multiple years and is the first women elected President of the MLB Team Physicians Association.