Episode 102: Does age affect the types of injuries that young athletes suffer?

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In the Zone
Does age affect the types of injuries that young athletes suffer?

That’s Gotta Hurt
Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels first baseman and designated hitter
Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver
David Wright – New York Mets third baseman
Arian Foster – Houston Texans running back
Stuart Holden – U.S. national team midfielder

Ask Dr. Geier
Does a college baseball player with few symptoms need surgery for an OCD lesion in his knee?
Is the part of the meniscus that remains after surgery to trim out a meniscus tear likely to tear again?
Would it be easier for a personal trainer undergoing surgery for a SLAP tear in his shoulder to have it debrided or repaired?

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5 Responses to Episode 102: Does age affect the types of injuries that young athletes suffer?

  1. I have had knee pain for about three mi njhs now. My knee is swollen and never gets back to normal. I have had extras and a mri been told all is ok. Been in therapy for about three weeks thw only change is I can now straighten my leg. What can be wrong? I am getting very worried. It hurts all the time I ice my knee about 4 times a day do all the exercises given to me by the theorist. I did tear my mind I in 2007 & had surgery on same knee. Never really felt right after that. Please help

    • I really can’t say without seeing you, so I would defer to your orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist. An MRI showing no structural damage would seem to be good news.

  2. I had a soccer injury to the knee in high school. Not as much was available back then, and about 10 years later I was told there were tears in the medial meniscus, & all of the cartilage was surgically removed. I was fine until I injured it again many years later. By then MRIs were available, & doctors discovered the ACL had been at the root of everything, & was not only re-injured, but was a mess from the original injury & all the other times it was re-injured. My Orthopedic Surgeon at the time wanted to do an operation to graft & repair the ACL, but I opted for a brace & put the surgery off until my 50s & at that time I was told it was too late;I would need to have a knee replacement at 60. I turned 62 recently & am still wearing a brace, but have had no problems, until last week when I fell on a concrete floor & my bad knee took the brunt of the fall. It is still badly bruised & sore, but doesn’t feel as bad as, or like it did, with the ACL/Cartilage injuries. Is it possible that the fall wouldn’t have injured the site of the old injury? The knee was, & sill is, pretty banged up. But there doesn’t seem to be the same degree of incompassitation as there was after previus injuries. Thanks.

  3. Hi. 71 yr old petite female. One week ago tripped on pavement hitting left knee. Immediately got up, walked two blocks & upstairs. Ran cold water over L knee which was bloody, swollen, bruised. Hematoma on right side of L kneecap. It’s healing. I’ve stayed at home. Only if necessary, I go up & down stairs leading w/right leg. In 1972, fractured L patella in car accident & leg cast. In 2002, hairline fracture (seen via MRI) of left hip. Healed thru rest & exercise. All injuries throughout the years are with L leg. What might be a timeline for normal use of L leg? Thanks.

  4. I am an armature distance runner and today playing pickup basketball with a friend I heard a loud pop in my right knee and can literally not bend or straighten it without being in excruciating pain. I have to continue training as soon as possible what should I do.

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