25-year-old German Olympic gymnast, Andreas Toba, becomes a country’s hero after tearing his ACL during the men’s floor event, and then hours later completing his pommel horse event to help Germany advance to the next round! Even though Germany finished 7th in the team all-around and did not medal, this act of bravery will go in history and Toba will always be recognized for his legendary performance to help his team qualify. Unfortunately, injuries like this happen every day to local athletes. Most are not attempting world-record breaking feats. Instead, most injuries like this happen to good kids who are just trying to play their game and give it their all. When injuries like this happen, you can trust UPMC – St. Margaret’s and our team of talented, board-certified surgeons (who use the latest treatment options and medical advances) to be here to help you safely get back to the sport or activity you love so dearly – whether you’re playing for your local school or training to be an Olympic hero someday!
Did you know that 1 in 10 Olympians will get hurt during the games? According to a study at the University of Oslo in Norway, about three quarters of the injuries occur during some phase of competition and one quarter occur during warm-ups or on-site training. In addition, the study shows that Summer athletes tend to injury their legs, while winter athletes tend to injury their head. So, which athletes get injured the most? According to the study, the Top 3 Summer Olympic injuries go to… Soccer Taekwondo Field Hockey Basketball and Track & Field came in 8th and 9th place, respectively; and gymnastics ended up 18th on the list. If you’re a future Olympic hopeful (or just a weekend warrior) and find yourself battling injury, why not seek the best medical help you can? Here at UPMC – St. Margaret’s we’re here to help you on your road to recovery and greatness!
Pokémon Go is a new smart phone game that has taken the world by storm with tens of millions of users from around the globe playing on a daily basis. In short, it’s an augmented reality game that allows you to look at your screen and see Pokémon hanging around in real life locations – from your backyard to Kennywood Park to anywhere in the world. The game has received massive publicity since its inception, including some negative PR about people straining and spraining ankles and even breaking bones! Of course, these types of accidents can be avoided with some simple precautions. Here are three common sense safeguards you can take to prevent injuring yourself if you play this mega-popular game: #1: Watch Where You’re Going! It’s important to always keep your eyes where you’re walking and not looking down at your screen on the game. Not doing so can cause you to walk into other people, oncoming traffic, or simply trip over a curb. Keep your eyes up while you walk and stop in a safe spot while searching for Pokémon. Naturally, this precaution also applies to texting while you walk. The bottom line is: watch where you’re going […]