If you've ever watched sports, you've seen it. An athlete in action goes down hurt. Some bounce back quickly, some after a while, and some never do. It's an inherent risk in the games we love. For fans in the stands or watching on TV, there's a lot that can be out-of-sight/out-of-mind. A key player gets hurt, they get replaced, and—hopefully—they come back ready to go.
Sun Devil student-athletes suffer nearly 1,000 injuries per year, and behind the scenes, there is a lot of work to not just get them back on the field or court, but to ensure they come back strong physically and mentally.
On this episode, I talk with Dr. Anikar Chhabra, a national expert in the field of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and head orthopedic surgeon for Arizona State University, and Dr. Joanne Vogel, Vice President of Student Services who oversees ASU Health Services.
We discuss the health & well being of ASU's student athletes, from injury prevention, treatment, protocols, rehabilitation, and mental health considerations. By the end of our conversation, I think you'll have a greater understanding and appreciation for all the hard work and resources that come together on game day.
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