Ralph Reiff, Director of Sports Medicine and Sports Performance for St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis, joined the Junkies on Tuesday to give the Junkies a inside look at how Robert Griffin III’s knee injury could play out.
Reiff is not your ordinary trainer. He was the manager of Athlete Care for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. Ralph has also managed or consulted on issues for athletes from the NFL, NCAA, and NBA.
EB asked Ralph if it was possible that RGIII was more injured that we were lead up to believe leading up to the game.
“I doubt that,” said Reiff. “As the game proceeds you’re going to tweak it, create more injury to it from a pain standpoint. The gold standard across the industry is the functional ability of the athlete. In other words. Can they walk normal? Can they jog normal? Can they run normal? Can they jump normal? If they can do those things from the outset, you’re typically going to allow them to proceed with their activity,” said Reiff.
Reiff believes it RGIII’s pain threshold that allowed him to continue to play before the botch snap on Sunday.”Back at Baylor in ’09 when he tore his ACL. in that game he was taped up and reentered the game and finished the first half with a torn ACL. So he is in that group of athletes that have a significant high pain tolerance.”
Reiff also discussed the decision-making process of whether or not to have an athlete go under the knife when a normal person would not seek surgery for such an injury. “If I’m in a situation and in the conference room with the athlete and we’ve got a choice to improve the functional ability of the athlete by performing surgery on a part torn ACL, I’m going to vote to have surgery. Research and anecdotal history has proved that your going to come out with a higher percentage of returning to that level pre-injury.
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