Student Author(s)

Bryanna Howard

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Katharine Rose M.Ed, AT, ATC, Kinesiology; Dr. Kirk Brumels Ph.D., AT, ATC, Kinesiology

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Some injuries that we see in athletic populations are not strictly orthopedic. This is the case for a 19-year-old male who had plans to play lacrosse in college. The summer before his freshman year, a construction accident left him with a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the waist down. This case study will not go from surgery to rehabilitation to return to play. Instead there will be an analysis of the injury and the mechanisms used to repair and stabilize the spinal cord. A discussion of the on-going psychological recovery of the injury and the changed outlook on life will be focused on. Now, about two years post-injury, future goals and self-projections by this individual will be reviewed from a medical perspective and from his perspective. Many pathologies seen in athletic populations are not this severe, but nonetheless every athlete needs to be addressed from all aspects of a person. The physical injury should be addressed, but the psychological aspect of the injury cannot be absent from the recovery process.

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