RICE & MICE: Shoulder instability

Oskars Bartulis suffered a shoulder injury in last Tuesday’s overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes after a late hit when, then Coyotes forward, Scottie Upshall sent Bartulis head and shoulder first into the boards. Bartulis left the game and did not return. The next injury update on Bartulis left many fans scratching their heads when they heard that he was out indefinitely with left shoulder “instability” and would likely need surgery. What’s up with that, you ask? The shoulder is an awesome joint. It is blessed with incredible range of motion to allow you to raise it above your head, …

RICE & MICE: Groin Strain

A groin injury could mean a variety of different injuries to a hockey player and at times it seems the groin is a “catch all” for reasons a player may be kept out of the lineup. A groin strain or groin pull is one of the most common and least severe injuries that can occur at the groin. Part of the reason for such a variety of injuries to the groin is the wide variety of structures that comprise the groin. The groin consists of the area where the abdomen meets the legs, the inner thigh, the pubic area including …

RICE & MICE: Achilles tendon rupture

In Greek mythology, the legend of Achilles says he was dipped into the river Styx by his mother, Thetis, in order to make him invulnerable. However, she had to hold onto his heel in order to dip him in the water, thus missing a spot. The only way Achilles could be killed was by injury to his heel. The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in the body and can withstand large forces, yet it’s one of the most frequently ruptured tendons. Rupturing an Achilles tendon is a very serious injury that takes months to rehabilitate. Athletes who …

RICE & MICE: Blood clots, DVTs and PEs, oh my!

Anytime a highly conditioned athlete complains about shortness of breath after a normal “routine” workout there are eyebrows raised in the training room and action is taken.   Less than 2 weeks ago the Colorado Avalanche announced that Tomas Fleischmann will be on the shelf for the remainder of the 2010-2011 season after blood clots, or pulmonary emboli, were discovered in both lungs.   A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms most commonly in the lower leg, though it can also occur in the upper extremities. A DVT can pose risk to the affected limb, but …

RICE & MICE: Chronic Ankle Instability

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have probably heard about the 2011 version of “Peter Forsberg’s Comeback to the NHL.” For the better part of the last decade there have been whispers and rumors about a possible comeback for Forsberg at least once in each NHL season. Mentioning Forsberg’s name may prompt any combination three reactions from hockey fans: they love him, they hate him or they complain about the number of injuries that have plagued his career in the NHL. We are now in a point of the 2010-2011 season where people are once again speculating that …