Avoiding Turkey Day Trauma

November 24, 2014

FootballThe American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), wants you to stay safe this Thanksgiving weekend. And while burns and food poisoning may pose the highest risk, pick-up games of family football DO make their list for potential ER visits.

Dr. Robert Glatter, a NYC emergency physician and advisor to MedScape.com & Forbes, reports that concussion is a risk to consider as families play friendly sport matches — especially since size and strength of players will vary greatly. Drinking, can also play a part in injury, as evidenced when Glatter recounted the year he treated a man, saved of serious head trauma, thanks to his raw turkey helmet.

Aside from fowl safety gear, we recommend these tips for avoiding Orthopedic Injury during physical family time over the long weekend:

Consider your age: Both the young and old need to consider the limitations brought about by age. Injuries often happen when people push far beyond their limits to keep up with others.

Consider your skill level: Never go to the gym? Then reconsider going the extra mile with friends and family this weekend.

Consider your physical condition: Previous injuries that can be re-injured during these fun events. Be aware of conditions that are cardiac, involve the head and neck, knees and feet, and even vision. Understand and play according to your skill level and age.

Warm Up: Diving right in after a huge meal and a few beers might not be the best idea. A few stretches or laps around the yard will help you reorient your mind to your body’s capabilities.

Wear gear: Wear athletic shoes and other available protective gear, including helmets. While helmets might not be cool, even minor concussions have been found to have lasting effects, especially in younger athletes.

Signs of minor concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Ear ringing nausea
  • Fatigue or fogginess

And in more extreme cases:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Vomitting
  • Amnesia
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions

Stay safe out there.  And remember your biggest risk for injury is driving your car. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest driving Holidays and people are often distracted by alcohol, exhaustion and inclement weather.

If you do sustain an orthopedic injury over the long weekend, call The Center for Orthopedics. 440.329.2800 We’ll be here for you!


Entry Filed under: Strains and Sprains,Trauma and Fractures. Posted in  Strains and Sprains ,Trauma and Fractures .

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