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A Look At Sports Medicine: Repairing Oregon’s Damaged Knees
The University of Oregon does not comment on injuries, leaving many left speculating as to how severe an injury may actually be. Football is a rough sport, one that causes physical harm to those who play, and inevitably bones break and muscles and tendons tear.
Such has been the case early on in the 2012 football season for the Oregon Ducks–through two games already Oregon Ducks athletes have suffered major injuries that will end their seasons. Some injuries are still unofficial, but two major losses have been made official.
John Boyett Diagnosis: two torn patellar tendons
Senior Safety All-American Candidate John Boyett’s year is done, he is having surgery on both knees to repair tears in his Patellar Tendons.
Senior Guard Carson York is also done for the year, having broken his knee cap in the game against Fresno State.
Both are huge losses for Oregon, both in on-field play and leadership. Barring medical redshirts granted, fans have unfortunately seen the last of two of the Ducks most important players in an Oregon uniform.
Carson York Diagnosis: Broken Patella
The news of both came as quite a shock, but what does it mean? What happens when a Patellar Tendon tears, and why will Boyett miss the entire season because of it? And how exactly does somebody break a kneecap, and what is needed to repair it?
In this article, we’ll take a look at both injuries, the procedures needed to fix it, and the expected recovery time for both student-athletes.
Patellar Tendon Tears (John Boyett’s Injury)
Figure 1: Knee Showing Patellar Tendon Tear
John Boyett is scheduled to have surgery on both knees to repair partial tears of both Patellar Tendons. These injuries did not occur during the game, they have been lingering injuries developing worse over time.
John Boyett played every single defensive snap in the Rose Bowl
Boyett could have, and perhaps should have, had surgery to repair the issue last year or during the off-season, but seeking out specialist advice there was thought that perhaps he could play through the injuries, strengthening his knees elsewhere to compensate (reported upon announcement of his injuries).
Partial tears: Many tears do not completely disrupt the soft tissue. This is similar to a rope stretched so far that some of the fibers are torn, but the rope is still in one piece.
Complete tears: A complete tear will disrupt the soft tissue into two pieces.
The patellar tendon often tears where it attaches to the kneecap, and can break a piece of the bone as it tears. When the patellar tendon is completely torn, the tendon is separated from the kneecap. Without this attachment, the knee cannot be straightened.
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