Entries by Mike Ryan

Appreciating Assistant Athletic Trainers

John Norwig has the right to be proud. Playoff football’s in the air. I’m here in Kansas City with NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football crew to cover this weekend’s AFC divisional playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here’s one story line which probably won’t make the headlines: During Sunday’s clash […]

Inside the NFL Concussion Protocol

You hear it every Sunday, watching an NFL player escorted to the locker room after taking a big hit to the head: “He’s in the NFL concussion protocol”. Concussions increased by 58% in the 2015 regular season games compared to 2014.  There were 182 reported concussions in NFL regular season games last season. Game Day Concussion […]

Spartan Race Recovery Made Easy

I competed in the Asheville (NC) Super Spartan Race with my buddies last weekend. From the 7 hour ride north with my friends, to the jokes at the rental house to the tough race itself, it was a great time for all of us. Now it’s time to focus on my Spartan race recovery. It was a […]

Simplify Your Health and Wellness

How many of us overthink our wellness, fitness exercises and health maintenance plans? “Guilty as charged!” Wake-up Call I’m writing this blog post from the deck at a special friend of mine’s cabin on Washington Island overlooking Lake Michigan while on vacation with my loving wife and our two active young children; my son is […]

Microfracture Surgery for NFL Players

As we await for the bright lights to begin Round 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft, the big looming medical question on the minds of the football fans is:  Will UCLA’s star linebacker Myles Jack’s knee injury negatively impact his career in the NFL and will he need microfracture surgery?  Everyone agrees that his knee […]

Self-Care Tips for Athletes with Joint Swelling

I saw a physical therapy patient this week with a chronic knee injury.  His knee was swollen and stiff, much more than normal.  I know his knee well and it typically has only mild swelling with good muscle tone.  His diagnosis is Grade 1 chondromalacia or irritation behind his kneecap.  It’s an issue which most […]

NFL Rookie Hamstrings Beware

Dear Rookie Hamstrings, We all know the deal.  You busted your ass all last summer, during a long and stress-filled season, into the high-intensity NFL Combine and all the way to your big Pro Day.  It’s been at least 9 solid months of hard work with one goal in mind: “Get into the NFL!!” Since […]