Tag Archives: Football

Football and Concussions: The Physical Therapist’s Role

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Despite COVID-19 the NFL, college, high school, and youth football is being played. Beyond the concern for prevention of COVID-19, concussion prevention and management are at the forefront of health providers’ concerns. According to NFL injury data, 224 reported concussions were reported in 2019, up 4.7 % from […]

Tommy John Elbow Ligament Injuries in Football Quarterbacks: Why are there significantly fewer injuries than in baseball pitchers?

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Recently Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, sustained an ulnar collateral ligament tear and subsequent surgery, ending his football season. Elbow injuries in football players are uncommon with 92% of the injuries being traumatic (contusions and dislocations), (Ortho J Sports Med 2019). Ulnar collateral ligament injuries in […]

Concussion and Brain Injury: Are we putting our youth football players at risk?

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC   Approximately 3,500,000 young athletes (7-18 years-of-age) play organized tackle football in the United States. Recently there has been much scrutiny placed on youth tackle football due to the recent research on the potential long term effects of repeated head contacts leading to the development of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy […]

Concussion Myths for the Youth Athlete

Approximately 4 million concussions occur in the USA per year during competitive sports and recreational activities. Unfortunately, up to 50% of the concussions may go unreported or undiagnosed. A concussion is defined as a traumatically induced transient disturbance of brain function due to head contact or rapid head acceleration and deceleration. Concussion is a subset […]

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