ACL injury takes down another athlete. This time, it’s a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos. Seasoned NFL reporter Jeff Legwold has more on the story in ESPN.com:
Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who was making a significant push to make the roster as a sixth wide receiver, suffered a knee injury in Wednesday’s practice and will miss the remainder of the season.
Norwood was injured in a red zone drill when he battled Houston Texans cornerback Brandon Harris for the ball in the back left corner of the end zone. The two players jumped for the pass and Norwood landed somewhat awkwardly.
Norwood is one of several players on the Broncos’ roster who suffered sports injuries this season. Some have been sidelined by similar ACL injuries, leg fractures, or strained quadriceps. Others damaged their ankles, calves, knees, or hamstrings. These temporary or permanent losses may not cripple the team’s chances of reaching the Super Bowl once again. Yet individually, these athletes may be missing out on huge career opportunities.
A league-wide concern
In a survey done between December 2013 and January 2014, USA Today Sports found that a lot of NFL players feel threatened by leg injuries. Almost half of the 293 respondents expressed concerns over injuring their knees and other parts of the leg as opposed to head and neck injuries. Some athletes attributed their response to the fear that a serious injury to the lower extremities can be career-ending.
Why does it happen?
The field of Denver orthopedics is no stranger to knee and leg impairments, especially among athletes who engage in collision sports. These players can be on the receiving end of traumatic contact or perform agile, forceful movements as well as sudden changes in direction as they play or practice. Even with ample protective gear, training exercises, and health counselling, these injuries can happen at any time.
Where does one go?
A Denver sports medicine practice trusted by amateurs and professional sports teams alike, such as the Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver, can be a veritable refuge for any athlete who sustains injuries to the lower extremities. Be it a nagging pain or a traumatic strain, sprain, tear, or fracture, capable orthopedic doctors can assess an injured athlete’s condition and provide the appropriate treatment.
(Source: Broncos’ Norwood suffers ACL injury, ESPN.com, August 20, 2014)