See What You Hit

Written by admin on September 24, 2012 – 9:41 am -

Football is one of the most dangerous and violent sports. Though it has been considered the classic “contact sport,” it is more accurate to say it is the ultimate “collision sport.” While concussions currently garner the media spotlight, injuries to the neck and spine are ignored– until disaster strikes. Recently, defensive backs at Catawba and Tulane Universities both suffered severe cervical spine injuries. Last season, at Rutgers University, Eric LeGrand was injured while making a tackle, and he remains paralyzed from the neck down.

The cervical spine is comprised of the first 7 spinal vertebrae. The nerves that exit the cervical spine are vital to both basic and sophisticated body functions including respiration and movement. Cervical spine injuries typically result from an axial load, which is a force that originates at the top of the head and continues longitudinally down the spine. “Spearing” is the term used for a tackle in which the player leads with the head, and the top of the head makes initial contact with the opponent. This type of tackle has been banned in the NFL to ensure the safety of NFL athletes as well as the young players that emulate them. Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, has said that football needs a “culture change” in order to become a safer sport at all levels. Rules changes are welcome, but to decrease the prevalence of these injuries, It is perhaps more important that coaches, parents, and players be educated in proper tackling technique. The NFL has joined with USA Football, the governing body of youth football, to form the “Heads Up Football” initiative to teach proper tackling technique and increase awareness of head and neck injuries. According to Heads Up “The right way of tackling begins with ‘the breakdown’: feet set, hands sunken, the arc of the back straight and the knees bent. The head is up at all times.” A player must always be able to “see what you hit.” If you can’t, your technique is incorrect.

Given the inherent danger of participation in football, it is important to have a well-coordinated medical team present at every game. These medical professionals include the athletic trainers, first responders, team doctors and EMS. Fortunately, these teams were present on the sidelines at Catawba, Tulane, and Rutgers, their skilled, rapid, and coordinated efforts were essential in achieving the best outcomes.

Dr. Mark Galland is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine, practicing in Wake Forest and North Raleigh. He serves as team physician and Orthopaedic consultant to the Carolina Mudcats, High-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball, as well as several area high schools and colleges. Dr. Galland can be reached at (919) 562-9410 or by visiting www.orthonc.com or www.drmarkgalland.com or you can follow him on twitter: @drmarkgalland.

Kate Anderson, ATC/LAT is a post-graduate fellow at GOSM, Galland Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. Follow her on twitter @kattethegreatt.


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Sports Medicine Specialist Partners With Local Pop Warner Youth Football Program: Dr. Mark Galland Named Medical Director And Orthopaedic Consultant Of The Wake Forest Titans

Written by admin on September 18, 2012 – 9:36 am -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Dr. Mark Galland, a physician at Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina (www.orthonc.com/galland.html), has been named medical director and orthopaedic consultant for the Wake Forest Titans, a Pop Warner program that offers flag football for ages 5-7, tackle football for ages 6-15 and cheerleading for ages 5-15. In this position, OSNC staff will be on site for games and events to provide medical care to all football players and cheerleaders in the program.

Galland is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, practicing in Wake Forest and North Raleigh. He serves as team physician and orthopaedic consultant to the Carolina Mudcats, the Advanced A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team, medical director and orthopaedic consultant to the Louisburg College athletic program and team physician and orthopaedic consultant to several area high schools and colleges. Dr. Galland has authored book chapters and papers in sports medicine.

The Wake Forest Titans Pop Warner Association is part of the Pop Warner Little Scholars organization. There are no tryouts and participants are accepted on a first come, first served basis, as space is available. Tackle football eligibility is based on age and weight combinations set by Pop Warner Little Scholars. The Wake Forest Titans provide a safe and fun environment for teaching the fundamentals of football and cheerleading and for preparing participants for competition. In the past few years, Wake Forest Pop Warner Association has sent cheer squads to regional and national competitions, and football teams to post-season bowl games.

For more information, visit http://www.wakeforesttitans.com/index.html.

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“I am honored to be selected as medical director and orthopaedic consultant for the Wake Forest Titans Youth Football Association,” said Dr. Galland. “Player safety in youth sports is a concern for all parents and I am happy to offer my services to the Wake Forest Titans program. I look forward to working closely with such a great community of young athletes and coaches.”

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ABOUT DR. MARK GALLAND:
Dr. Mark Galland is an orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist and physician at Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina. Galland received his medical degree from Tulane University’s School of Medicine and completed his residency in the university’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He began his career in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine while serving in the United States Navy at a naval hospital at Camp Lejeune, N.C. There, he served as chief of orthopaedic surgery and was the recipient of numerous awards for both leadership and excellence in treating injuries common to sailors and marines. Since beginning with Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina, Galland has continued to treat injured athletes. He currently serves as a team physician and orthopaedic consultant to the Carolina Mudcats, the Advanced A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team, and as medical director and orthopaedic consultant to the Louisburg College athletic program. He also serves as the team physician and orthopaedic consultant to several local high schools. For more information, visit http://www.orthonc.com or http://drmarkgalland.com.


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