Week 5 & 6 Injury Report : Cooks’ & Kupp's Quick Turnaround After Concussions, Adrian Peterson Playing Through Pain, Josh Allen's Wing & The Return of Vontaze

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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 Weeks 5 & 6 of the 2018 season!

Week 5 Injuries:

LA Rams : Brandin Cooks, WR, Concussion

  • Flag thrown.

  • Also got crushed in the super bowl.

LA Rams : Cooper Kupp, WR, Concussion

  • Quick turnarounds for week 6.

Washington Redskins : Adrian Peterson, RB, Dislocated Shoulder

  • Played in week 6.

“It’s going to be painful,” Peterson told himself. “I just need to fight through it. Every time I got hit I could feel it.”

  • The media is still reinforcing a dangerous definition of toughness.

  • Listen to EPISODE 54 with Green Beret, Bill Anthes to learn about the new definition we are trying to teach athletes.

New Orleans Saints : Marshon Lattimore, CB, Concussion

  • Friendly fire.

  • Did not play week 6.

  • Glad to see he is apparently doing better now.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Corey Grant, RB, Foot, Lisfranc

Week 6 Injuries:

 Buffalo Bills : Josh Allen, QB, Arm

Oakland Raiders : Amari Cooper, WR, Concussion

  • No Flag

  • Cooper missed a game last season with a concussion after sustaining a similar hit.

 LA Rams : Cooper Kupp, WR, Knee

  • 2.5 x increased risk of lower extremity injury after concussion.

  • Johnny Bistline, ATC from West Chester PA Calls In With Question:  Johnny is an ATC and says in his experience with concussions that it is rare to see symptoms resolve in less than a week, more typically 10-14 days. Should there be a timeline associated with the NFL’s concussion RTP guidelines? Johnny is concerned when he sees guys with concussions come back and play the next week and also tells us how instances like this affect him at the high school level.

  • Here are the NFL’s Concussion Protocol Guidelines for your reference.

Jacksonville Jaguars : Niles Paul, TE, Knee

Cleveland Browns : Baker Mayfield, QB, Ankle

  • Why do we still use chains?

Minnesota Vikings : Mike Hughes, CB, Knee

  • Was a flag thrown?

  • Not the first time ( See Below).

  • Apparently no suspension…

Questionable Calls:

Pittsburgh Steelers: TJ Watt, TE

Roughing the Passer Stats (Boydcast)

  • Week 5: 10

  • Week 6: 3 (lowest of the year, 2 less games also)

#NFLWayToPlay:

Week 4

  • (Mentioned in the week 4 injury report)

 Week 5

  • Emphasis on the strike zone.

 Boydcast Stats:

In the NFL, lower limb traumas account for 60% of the injuries but get less attention than concussions

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139 : Sport Specialization & The Wisconsin Injury in Sport Lab w/ Dr. David Bell, Ph.D., ATC

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Dr. David Bell is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Bell earned his B.A. and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia. He teaches in the Athletic Training Program and serves as the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory. His research is focused on identifying risk factors for knee injury including neuromuscular asymmetries and sport specialization. Additionally, he is focused on improving outcomes after knee surgery including refining rehabilitation strategies, return to activity guidelines, and risk factors for second ACL injuries.

He has athletic training clinical experience at the Division I and II levels as well as high school clinic outreach. He has over 35 peer-reviewed publications and 85 abstract presentations. His work has been funded by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He was named the 2017 New Investigator of the Year for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation. His research was awarded the 2017 STOP Sports Injuries Award for best research paper on youth sports injury prevention at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.

In episode 139, the focus of our conversation surrounds the concept of sport specialization in youth athletics and the research aiming to prevent the very injuries we talk about week in and week out. Below, you will find a list of talking points Dr. Bell and I touch on throughout this interview.

Sports specialization prevalence peaks around age 14 or 15, 30% of 12 year olds are highly specialized.

  • What defines sports specialization and why it doesn’t just pertain to single sport athletes.

    • The Sport Specialization Scale (for each yes you get a point).

      • Do you train or participate in your primary sports more than 8 months a year?

      • Can you identify a primary sport?

      • Have you every quit sports to focus on a single sport? Do you only play one sport?

        • 3 = Highly Specialized, 2  = moderate, 1 = low

  • How Dr. Bell got into the Athletic Training profession and research specifically.

  • Background on Wisconsin Sports Injury Prevention Lab and it’s collaboration with the Badger Athletic Performance Lab.

  • Keeping the levels of risk in sport in perspective.

  • Findings from Dr. Bell’s research on sports specialization

  • School size affects prevalence of sports specialization.

  • The affect of club sports on sports specialization.

  • The socio-economic status’s influence on sports specialization.

“Parents are the number one reason kids choose a specific sport.”

  • Physical red flags of sports specialization.

  • Recommendations:

    • Kids don’t train or participate in a specifics sport for more than 8 months a year.

    • Avoid training or participating more than the athletes age in hours per week.

    • Two rest days per week.

    • Avoid simultaneous participation – same or different sports.

      • 80% of parents don’t know these recommendations exist.

“Previous injury predicts future risk.”

  • Why the 10,000 hour rule doesn’t apply to youth sports.

  • Early developers vs. late developers.

  • The odds on getting a return on your investment in your child’s sports participation via a college scholarship.

  • Discussion on one of Dr. Bell’s studies which found that concussions can lead to lower extremity injury - 2.5 x more likely.

  • Correlation vs. Causation

  • Why you should check your club coaches emergency preparedness certifications.

WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH Dr. Bell ONLINE?

Twitter | Researchgate

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Week 4 Injury Report : Earl Thomas’ (aka Birdman) Broken Leg, Eifert’s Ankle, Booth ATC’s in Action & Passing Trends

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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 4 of the 2018 season!

Week 4 Injuries :

Seattle Seahawks: Earl Thomas, S, Leg Fracture

  • La’Veon Bell weighs in:

** Big Backstory, held on for new contract, trade rumors, skipped practices, played in games and is now hurt. Full explanation on the pod**

New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Ankle

  • Supposedly will play Thursday night.

Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Eifert, TE, Broken Ankle

Viewer Discretion Advised!!!

Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, Nagging Hamstring

  • Week 4 was his first game back since original injury week 1.

Tennessee Titans: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Elbow

Seattle Seahawks: Will Dissly, TE, Patellar Tendon (Out for Season)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OJ Howard, TE, MCL

Cleveland Browns: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Fractured Forearm

Minnesota Vikings: Kevin McDermott, LS, Just the Finger tip

Dejavu:

Roughing the passer explanation by NFL Operations (After Complaints from last week)

Example of what they are looking for (proper technique):

Questionable Call on Mayfield Hit:

  • *Week 4, 5 Roughing the Passer calls, lowest of the season by far*

What happened to the Helmet Rule?

Kareem Hunt Run

  • **3 lowering helmet calls in 4 weeks so far**

Illegal hit (Unnecessary Roughness, Not Helmet Rule)?

Questionable Crack Back Call on James Connor

#NFLwayToPlay:

Notable Safety Buzz:

Adam Thielen Pulled by Booth ATC

Quick Whistles:

Passing Stats:

Other News:

Tennessee State LB, Christion Abercrombie Injury

  • Keep Christion in your prayers.

  • Speak up when you are hurt.

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