Gross Catholic freshman back to playing football after Nebraska Medicine doctors diagnosed rare s…


NEBRASKA MEDICINE DOCTORS SAY
HAS ONLY HAPPENED TO A HANDFUL
OF KIDS HIS AG
ON A SUMMER AFTERNOON,
14-YEAR-OLD JASON DRISCOLL RUNS
THROUGH A KICKOFF DRILL AT FOOTBALL PRACTICE. A SPORT HE LOVES.>>I JUST LOVE HOW IT IS, YOU
KNOW, PADS, ESPECIALLY. THEY MAKE ME LOOK COOL. SEAN: THE GROSS HIGH FRESHMAN IS
BACK ON THE FIELD. LAST YEAR, HE INJURED HIS
SHOULDER DURING A WIDE RECEIVER
BLOCKING DRILL.>>ALL I KNEW WAS THAT I HIT I
MY SHOULDER POPPED, AND I KNEW I
WAS OUT. SEAN: WHEN THE PAIN DIDN’T GO
AWAY, HE WENT TO NEBRASKA
MEDICINE.>>WHEN YOU NOTICE WEAKNESS
AFTER AN INJURY, ESPECIALLY IN
SOMEONE THIS AGE IT MEANS THAT
THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON AND
WE NEED TO LOOK INTO IT FURTHER. SEAN: AFTER AN X-RAY AND AN MRI,
DOCTORS DIAGNOSED JASON WITH A
LESSER TUBEROSITY AVULSION
FRACTURE.>>IT’S ESSENTIALLY PART OF HIS
ROTATOR CUFF HAD AVULSED OR
PULLED OFF THE FRONT OF HIS
SHOULDER, AND THAT HAPPENS TO BE
BOTH A REALLY RARE INJURY IN
YOUNG KIDS, BUT ALSO A VERY IMPORTANT MUSCLE TENDON THAT YOU
REALLY NEED TO HAVE INTACT FOR A
NORMAL SHOULDER. SEAN: HAVING SURGERY FOR THIS
TYPE OF INJURY IS RARE FOR A
TEENAGER. HIS SURGEON, DR. MATTHEW TAO,
SAYS THERE’S LESS THAN 50 CASES
LIKE THIS.>>PEOPLE IN THEIR 40’S, 50’S,
60’S THAT GET A ROTATOR CUFF
TEAR, WE’LL APPROACH THAT IN
KIND OF THE SAME WAY. IT’S JUST VERY RARE TO HAVE A
ROTATOR CUFF TEAR OF ANY KIND,
IN PARTICULARLY THIS TYPE, IN A
YOUNG KID. SEAN: MONTHS OF REHAB AND
PHYICAL THERAPY FOLLOWED. EVENTUALLY, DOCTORS CLEARED
JASON FOR FULL ACTIVITY AFTER 4
AND A HALF MONTHS. NOW, HE’S BACK IN PADS AND READY
TO PLAY.>>HE REALLY SHOULDN’T HAVE ANY
LIMITATIONS OR ISSUES WITH THE
SHOULDER GOING FORWARD. HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS WITH
IT. I DON’T ANTICIPATE DAY TO DAY IT
WILL BOTHER HIM, I DON’T THINK
IT WILL LIMIT HIM FROM ANYHTING
HE WANTS TO DO EITHE
RECREATIONALLY, ATHLECTICALLY,
OR OTHERWISE IN HIS LIFE.>>I HAVE GOOD RANGE OF MOTION. IT FEELS GOOD TO GET BACK TO THE
GAME, BECAUSE I MISSED IT. SEAN: NEBRASKA MEDICINE DOCTORS
SAY THE DIAGNOSIS OF JASON’S
INJURY WAS CRITICAL AND CAN

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