RICE & MICE: The Separated Shoulder

RICE & MICE will periodically review injuries that are common, uncommon or just plain unique in hockey. I hope to provide some insight to the “how’s, why’s, and when’s” of the injuries that might keep players out of the lineup. Shoulder separations, otherwise known as acromioclavicular (AC) joint sprains are another one of those very common injuries in ice hockey.  So common, in fact, that it would be challenging to find a skater in the NHL that didn’t suffer this injury at one point or another in his hockey career. The AC joint consists of the clavicle (aka collarbone), the scapula …

RICE & MICE: Leighton’s Back

RICE & MICE will periodically review injuries that are common, uncommon or just plain unique in hockey. I hope to provide some insight to the “how’s, why’s, and when’s” of the injuries that might keep players out of the lineup. The Flyers announced last night that the NHL granted a two game extension to Michael Leighton’s conditioning stint with the Adirondack Phantoms that allows him to stay on LTIR status for another week.  Leighton underwent surgery on October 11th for a herniated disk in his lower back and while the surgery was successful, he is still experiencing residual numbness and weakness …

RICE & MICE: You down with PRP?

RICE & MICE will periodically review injuries that are common, uncommon or just plain unique in hockey. I hope to provide some insight to the “how’s, why’s, and when’s” of the injuries that might keep players out of the lineup. Yeah you know me! Who’s down with PRP? This whole party! Ok, forgive me for the corny Naughty by Nature reference. PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is something that is becoming ever so popular in the world of sports medicine. It is used more and more in professional sports in order to accelerate healing of soft tissue injuries. It has been …

RICE & MICE: The pain of high ankle sprains

RICE & MICE will periodically review injuries that are common, uncommon or just plain unique in hockey. I hope to provide some insight to the “how’s, why’s, and when’s” of the injuries that might keep players out of the lineup.  Let’s talk ankle sprains. Sprains commonly refer to stretching or tearing of ligaments. In a general sense, ligaments connect bone to bone and offer stability to joints. They allow a certain amount of flexibility to account for uneven surfaces when we walk and to keep the joints aligned and moving correctly and even act as shock absorbers to some extent.  A …

RICE & MICE: Mind Games

RICE & MICE will periodically review injuries that are common, uncommon or just plain unique in hockey. I hope to provide some insight to the “how’s, why’s, and when’s” of the injuries that might keep players out of the lineup.  “The NHL player is a marvelous subject for everyone but his physician; they will happily and freely lie to you with a smile on their face about their health,” said Toronto Maple Leafs GM, Brian Burke, in a recent Sporting News article. When a player gets “dinged,” has his “bell rung,” or just plain gets “knocked out,” a concussion by any …