Week 13 Injury Report : My Cause My Cleats, AJ Green & Greg Olsen's Feet, Chris Harris & Colt McCoy's Fibuli, 3 Helmet of The 8 Helmet Rule Calls This Weekend

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2018- 2019 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  

The strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd.  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  

Dr. Wazim Buksh "Waz" is the newest member to the Heads 'N Tales team and has been a long time friend of mine.   Waz will serve as the medical expert in these recordings to give you the most realistic expectations for when your favorite players go down with an injury and what their road to recovery will look like.  Dr. Buksh is board certified in both Internal and Sports Medicine. Waz completed his sports medicine fellowship with the New York Jets medical staff in 2014.

Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for Week 13 of the 2018 season!

Week 13 Injuries:

Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Foot (season ending surgery)

Carolina Panthers: Greg Olsen, TE, Foot

  • Same foot that forced him to miss three games earlier this season and nine games last season, and appears done for the season.

New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Returned - quad contusion

Denver Broncos: Chris Harris, CB, Broken Fibula

Washington Redskins: Colt McCoy, QB, Fractured Right Fibula

Pittsburgh Steelers: James Conner, RB, Lower Leg Contusion - Possible high ankle sprain (toe caught in the dirt)

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ryan Switzer, WR, Concussion

My Cause My Cleats:

What cleats would you rep?

Kevin’s Pick:

Josh’s Pick:

  • Youth sports promotion

Waz’s Pick:

Jalen Ramsey Just Kidding:

Helmet Rule Stats:

Hits From Thursday Night:

Did these no-calls lead to three Helmet Rule penalties this weekend?

#NFLWaytoPlay Week 12:

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Week 12 Injury Report : RIP Helmet Rule, You're Officially Dead, Melvin Gordon's Knee, A Gamekeeper's Thumb & Frank Gore's Secret to Longevity

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2018- 2019 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  

The strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd.  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  

Dr. Wazim Buksh "Waz" is the newest member to the Heads 'N Tales team and has been a long time friend of mine.   Waz will serve as the medical expert in these recordings to give you the most realistic expectations for when your favorite players go down with an injury and what their road to recovery will look like.  Dr. Buksh is board certified in both Internal and Sports Medicine. Waz completed his sports medicine fellowship with the New York Jets medical staff in 2014.

Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for Week 12 of the 2018 season!

Week 12 Injuries:

Los Angeles Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Knee (MCL)

  • Came into game with left hamstring injury.

  • Grade 2 MCL tear (partial tear) - likely going to be braced and back in there in 2 weeks

    • Limits cutting ability.

Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton, QB, Thumb, On IR

  • Looks like UCL of the thumb - important for gripping (weakness of the pinch grasp) and spinning the ball.

  • Gamekeeper’s thumb - first coined when Scottish gamekeepers would sacrifice game (rabbits) by breaking their necks between the thumb and index finger of the gamekeeper and the ground; nowadays seen commonly in skiers when the thumb would land on a ski pole and suffer a valgus force causing rupture of the thumb’s UCL.

Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Ankle (previously surgically repaired), Possible Concussion?

  • No Video, Re-entered the game.

  • (2016 injury to the ankle)

Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Hamstring Tear

Jacksonville Jaguars: Andrew Norwell, OG, Ankle, Moved to IR

  • No Video - line has been decimated

Shout Out To Frank Gore, What is his secret?

The Helmet Rule Is Officially Dead:

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed Goes Nuts after no-call:

Week 11 #NFLWayToPlay Player of the Week:

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142 : Dance Medicine w/ Athletic Trainers, Marissa Piloto & Monica Lorenzo

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I have always been more of a dance in the privacy of your own home kind of guy, but some people dance nearly every waking hour of every day. For these individuals, dance is more than just a spontaneous event in their day, its a lifestyle, its a sport and they can never get enough. Just like how professional football, baseball and basketball players dedicate their lives to their craft, elite dancers are no exception. People would be up in arms if there were no sports medicine providers at football, baseball and basketball games, but these services have only recently been afforded to professional dancers. This week I chat with two Athletic Trainers who work with these elite dancers and help to keep them both healthy and performing optimally. Marissa Piloto is the Head ATC for the Brooklynettes Dance Team, Brooklyn Nets Team Hype and Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team. Marissa and I go back to our days working as students for the Rutgers Football team. Monica Lorenzo, who is the Head ATC for the Knicks Entertainment Teams, Founder & President of ROMO Fit. Inc also joins us in this episode. It was so much fun learning about the field of dance medicine and the innovations both of these women are working on to bring attention to this underserved population. Below is a list of topics we touch on throughout this episode:

 Marissa with her Brooklynettes. Photo courtesy of Marissa Piloto.

Marissa with her Brooklynettes. Photo courtesy of Marissa Piloto.

  • Why the art of dance is a sport.

  • How both Marissa and Monica got into athletic training for dancers.

  • The need for highlighting the comeback in the world of dance.

  • Why dancers are extremity in-tuned with their bodies and how that helps the ATC’s who treat them.

  • The similarities between track and dance athletes.

  • Culture of toughness in dance and the dancer mentality.

  • The shift in the dancer mentality over that last few years.

  • Misty May’s Achilles injury on Dancing With The Stars and how this led to changes on the show.

  • The evolution/history of dance medicine.

  • Advice for athletic trainers who want to get into dance medicine.

  • Common dance injuries.

  • Why concussions are also a problem in dance.

  • The worst injuries they have seen in dance.

  • Why it is not just lower extremity injuries dancers have to worry about.

  • Waffle Crew NYC on Ellen – Marissa’s Crew

  • Why dancers are willing go to practice after practice and the unique challenge this presents for athletic trainers.

    “This is your one body and it is not going to last forever if you keep grinding it into the ground.”- Monica

 Monica with her NY Knicks Dance Team. Photo courtesy of Marissa Piloto.

Monica with her NY Knicks Dance Team. Photo courtesy of Marissa Piloto.

  • “Someone is waiting in the wings for you to fail”- the pressures in dance culture and how the mentality is changing.

  • The importance of getting the athlete’s whole story before working with them.

  • The unique challenges dancers are presented with in their return to the stage after injury (particularly concussions).

  • How Monica and Marissa approach injury prevention training with dancers’ busy schedules.

  • “Fitting the image” and its effect on injuries.

  • Warm-ups and cool downs for dancers.

  • Custom prophylactic taping colors inspired by the Marissa and Monica.

  • Recovery tactics for dancers.

  • The science behind the cool down.

  • Getting a handle on emotions after injury.

  • The transition to life after dance.

  • Monica’s company, ROMO Fit – Post Rehab Strength and Conditioning

  • Body Ignition – the new injury prevention workshop Monica and Marissa have put together.

    • Connecting Mind , Body and Life'; bridging all of these together safely

  • Why saying no makes you tough.

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WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH Monica?

Instagram | TWITTER | LINKEDIN | Romo Fit

Where Can you connect with Marissa?

Instagram | linkedin

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