Athletic Trainers Shine in Super Bowl

I just finished watching a great Super Bowl, as I’m sure most of you did as well.  Maybe it’s just me being a “medical guy” but did you notice how many players where hurt during the game?

Pitt’s Bryant McFadden out with a hip injury while Big Ben is limping with a leg injury.  On the other side of the field Green Bay’s DB’s Charles Woodson & Sam Shields are both suffering from shoulder injuries and…..they’re still in the first half!

Injuries are part of all sporting events but when it’s the Grand Daddy of all football games, the pressure is on to stay healthy.  For every play that is missed by a key player, it can literally make the difference between winning and losing the game.  Believe me when I say, that fact is reinforced by everyone on that sidelines in the minds of the medical staffs taking care of those players.

Green Bay Packer’s Head Athletic Trainer Pepper Burruss and Pitt’s Head Athletic Trainer John Norwig are two of the best certified athletic trainers in the country.  Both teams on that field tonight were very lucky to have great medical staffs caring for their needs.

I tip my hat to both Pepper and John for having that many injuries to key players and doing an amazing job getting so many of them back so effectively.  I’ve worked many big playoff games, three divisional championship games and one Super Bowl so I can appreciate the pressure the medical staffs worked under tonight.

Athletic trainers and doctors will probably never get an MVP award but if you ask the players in most locker rooms they will tell you how valuable a caring medical staff is to their careers.

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

One thought on “Athletic Trainers Shine in Super Bowl”

  1. Mike –

    Absolutely true! It could have been called the “Super Bowl of Injuries” for all the players going down. While it was an awesome game, I do think that injuries made an impact in the flow of the game.

    One person you didn’t mention was Donald Driver – a key playmaker for Green Bay. He was hurt in the first half with an ankle injury and only had two catches.

    A great game nonetheless and a nice peek behind the “magic curtain” as to what’s going on in the game behind the game.

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