The Training Room - by Dr. David Chao

What goes on behind the scenes in an NFL medical staff?

Monday Morning MD: “Witch hunt” season is on

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As the numbers of games dwindle, there is more time to deal with unfinished business. Thus the administrative “witch hunt” season is on. The Dolphins were admonished (but not penalized) over their handling of Matt Moore during the Wild Card round. There was no criticism of the care he received. The Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant participated and […]

Monday Morning MD: History repeats itself

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Another AFC Championship game in Foxboro. Another opposing star running back is injured early and sits dejected on the sidelines with an oversized jacket to stay warm. The Patriots advance to another Super Bowl. When Le’Veon Bell left just after the start of the game with a groin injury, it reminded me of LaDainian Tomlinson’s […]

Monday Morning MD: Smart to sit?

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To play or not to play was the theme of the week for both college football and the NFL. Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey ignited debate when they decided to skip their college bowl games to prepare for the draft. Meanwhile the Cowboys and Steelers rested their stars in meaningless games as other teams played […]

Monday Morning MD: Tannehill ACL tear preventable?

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The Dolphins were victorious staying in playoff contention, yet they lost big when their starting quarterback suffered a serious knee injury. Ryan Tannehill routinely stepped into a throw when Calais Campbell, who may have been pushed from behind, hit the QB’s lead leg. Miami fears an ACL tear for their star signal caller. By video, […]

Monday Morning MD: Earl Thomas season over

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Three weeks ago two stars collided when Earl Thomas tackled Rob Gronkowski in one of the most talked about hits of the year. Now both headline players are done for the year. Gronk was placed on IR on Friday (details in Item #1 below). Thomas, a leader of the Seahawks “legion of boom”, will soon […]