How do professional athletes recover from sports injuries and what are the advancements in sports medicine that are making these recoveries faster, and better? On this episode of the Curvebeam Connect podcast, host Vinti Singh, Director of Marketing at Curvebeam, spoke with Dr. Glenn Gaston, hand surgeon with OrthoCarolina, and hand consultant for the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets, about these issues, with a focus on hand and wrist injuries.
As a member of the NFL physician’s society, Dr. Gaston was able to share with Singh, how the NFL’s muscular skeletal committee operates, what it does, how it reviews player injury data, and how it works to find solutions for better player care, and faster injury recovery times.
The focus of the subcommittee’s work is broken into two parts; they look at common metacarpal fractures, hand injuries they see frequently in players, and then they look at injuries such as Scaphoid bone fractures, which are harder to detect, and if left untreated can cause permanent, long-term damage.
“Every single practice, every single game, every single injury to every single player is recorded,” said Dr. Gaston. The committee looks at whether the injury took place on a Thursday or Sunday game, what type of turf the injury happened on, and weather conditions. A lot of considerations go into recognizing patterns and developing the right solutions and methods.
With this research, and the methods used to treat these professional sports athletes, often what gets developed for player injury recovery later becomes the standard used to treat regular injuries.