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Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists is committed to the belief that when a sports injury occurs, time is of essence and access is crucial. Southern Bone and Joint Specialists has taken care of the area’s athletes for more than 30 years and has the oldest sports medicine program in the state.

Where we serve

• University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
• William Carey University Crusaders
• Pearl River Community College Wildcats
• Dexter Bulldogs
• East Marion Eagles
• Hattiesburg Tigers
• Lumberton Panthers
• Pearl River Central Blue Devils
• Petal Panthers
• Wayne War Eagles
• West Marion Trojans

Frequently Asked Questions/Quick Facts

How do I know when to refer an ankle sprain?
There are many different types of ankle injuries. Sprains, strains, and fractured bones make up most of what you will see in an ankle injury. As is other injuries, ankle problems, most involving the lateral or outside ligaments, present themselves in three different grades:

Grade 1 ankle sprains involved the stretching of the ankle ligaments.

Grade 2 involves partial and complete tears of the supporting ligaments.

Grade 3 involves all of the above with a possible fracture in the ankle joint itself.

As a coach, there are signs and symptoms that you can look for in an injured ankle.

  1. Did the athlete feel a pop or snap in affected ankle?
  2. How much swelling is involved and how long it has been there?
  3. How much weight bearing can the athlete on affected side.

If the athlete felt a pop or snap, and if the ankle has moderate swelling and unable to bear weight, you are usually looking at a trip to the doctor.
Ankle Facts: 45% of all athletic injuries involve the ankle. 99% of ankle sprains affect the lateral or outside ligaments.

Concussions: When it’s more than just your bell rung.
Concussions are an all too common and sometimes overlooked injury in contact sports today. The common term, “Getting your bell rung”, is sometimes more than that. This type of head injury can occur in any contact/collision sport such as football. The brain is the most important yet most delicate organ of the body. As the core of the central nervous system, any type of trauma related injury to the head, must be carefully assessed. As coaches, you must ask yourself, “What am I looking for?”

The main signs and symptoms that you as a coach can evaluate include: confusion, amnesia, loss of consciousness, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing of the ears), headache, and vertigo. Concussions can occur in three different grades:

Grade 1: (Mild)

  • Brief confusion
  • No loss of consciousness
  • Symptoms resolve in less than 15 minutes.
  • Return to play when asymptomatic.

Grade 2: (Moderate)

  • Brief confusion
  • No loss of consciousness
  • Symptoms last more than 15 minutes.
  • Return to play if asymptomatic for 1 week.

Grade 3 (Severe)

  • Any loss of consciousness (Blacking out)

REMEMBER: never try and move an unconscious athlete in considering a possible head and neck injury. If athlete is unresponsive, call EMS (911) and begin primary assessment (ABC’s)!!!

Also, never use ammonia capsules to try and revive an unconscious athlete for again, assuming possible neck injury.

There are certain guidelines that a team physician uses to determine the status of the athlete with multiple concussions. With these guidelines, coaches, trainers, team physicians, and the athlete can make a joint decision about return to play.

Football Coaches should have the following checklist to prevent concussions:
Educate all athletes and coaches to the dangers of spearing and using the head as a weapon on the field.

  1. Make sure helmets fit properly with plenty of air in them.
  2. Make sure all athletes have properly fitted mouthpieces.
  3. Keep an eye on players with a history of a head injury during play.

Concussion Quick Facts:

  • Head and neck injuries lead all injuries in causes of death in High School Football.
  • A properly fitted mouthpiece can reduce the risk of getting a head injury up to 50% in contact sports.
  • Many Concussions occur because there is little or no air in the helmets’ bladder or an improperly fitted helmet.