Football Injuries: Learning from the Best

Football Injuries Happen
Football Injuries Happen

I arrived home last night after a wonderful “working” vacation in Destin, FL.  I was very fortunate to be asked to speak at the Andrews Institute’s Injuries in Football Conference 2011.  The event is the brainchild of Dr. James Andrews, one of the most respected orthopedic surgeons in the world.  The conference is one of the most organized seminars for athletic injuries in the country and a true credit to the efforts of those associated with the Andrews Institute.

I’ve known Dr. James Andrews personally for over 15 years and admire his commitment to helping athletes at all levels of sports.  Anyone who has witnessed his devotion to the care of athletes, both young and old, can attest to Dr. Andrews’ passion for his role as a true leader in the sports medicine field.  He continues to amaze me with his schedule and the number of elite athletes that he cares for all over the world.

Dr. Andrews continues to be a true inspiration to me in the world of sports medicine.

The conference was uniquely informative with an impressive lineup of speakers and attendees.  The topics were all focused on football related injuries, which was perfect for me with my present position with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Preventing, treating and rehabilitating football injuries is very different than other sports.  The best way to learn the “art & science of pigskin medicine” is to learn from those who live and breath football.

The various groupings of topics included Concussions, Upper Extremity Injuries, Lower Extremity Injuries, Traumatic Head & Neck Injuries, Treatment of the Spine, Athletic Performance Enhancement, Catastrophic Head & Neck Management and priceless hands-on labs to practice all of the material covered.

Needless to say, it was a comprehensive 3-day seminar for the hundreds of attendees and speakers alike.

Sports Medicine Presentations

I presented three talks and co-managed a hands-on lab session titled “Catastrophic Injuries Spineboarding and Facemask Removal”.  The titles for my talks were as follows:

  • “Non-Operative Management of Ankle Sprains”
  • “Emergency Management in the NFL”
  • “Life After Football: The Truth”

In my opinion, learning from my peers and sharing our experiences about football injuries and sports medicine are two of the most important steps to success.  The medical field is not an exact science and opportunities such as the Andrews Institute’s conference last week helps all of us to get better at taking care of our athletes. It’s also this unique experience that I share here online with you, which keeps all athletes competing each and every day.

Having fun and enjoying those that I learn with sure helps the process!

Author: Mike Ryan

After 26 seasons as a full-time certified athletic trainer and registered physical therapist in the National Football League, Mike Ryan has outstanding first-hand experience. His unique professional and athletic background has sharpened his skills in the arts of sports injury management, elite rehabilitation, performance enhancement and injury prevention. Mike is now taking his experience to mainstream America. His mission is simple: Sports Medicine advice that is easy to use and brings fast results. Learn more about Mike Ryan

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