While I was on the treadmill and working out yesterday at the gym ESPN’s investigative reporting journal, Outside The Lines, came on and showed a very interesting story (to a chiropractor who works on a good deal of young athletes at least). The story started about the mismanagement and treatment of several young athletes at the Indiana University who developed a great deal of mid, low back and hip pain. Two in particular had striking stories about the misdiagnosis of back pain that was very serious and one had to have a fairly serious surgery that might very well have been corrected using conservative measures if they were properly diagnosed and treated in the first place. In the case of the football player, it seemed to some extent that he was “machoed” into continuing to suit up by the coaching staff. The simple fact is this, if you can barely walk across campus, you probably can’t withstand football practice. If you are an athlete or the parent of an athlete, you should probably check out this podcast or look for a re-run of the episode on ESPN because it was saddening and informative about what happens when athletes quite simply push themselves too far. While it was tough to say who is truly at fault, it was a poor choice of the coaches and trainers at the university who let these issues spiral out of control.
If you are in a situation where you are simply being told to rub some dirt on it and to play and something truly feels off, please seek outside medical care from a qualified healthcare practitioner. In both of the cases shown in this article, it took far too long for the true problem to be identified, diagnosed and the proper treatment protocols activated.
Podcast Teaser: Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson lost his job in December and reports surfaced of players alleging medical care had been neglected. Our 3-month investigation found more.
Podcast Link: http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=19223941
Two former Indiana University athletes say their injuries were mistreated at the school. @pinepaula reports. pic.twitter.com/sp6iC1jsQx
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) April 22, 2017
Sunday’s podcast: https://t.co/CJKrEugHF5
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) April 23, 2017
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