Treated.com Injury Focus

Treated.com, the Official Healthcare Partner of Toronto Wolfpack, will be sitting down regularly in the coming weeks with the Club’s stars to create awareness of common injuries that can occur on and off the field.

Dr Daniel Atkinson of Treated.com is hopeful that these discussions will dispel some myths and give insight into what treatments are available for commonplace injuries. During the past week, both Greg Worthington and Anthony Mullally have detailed their recent rehabilitation journeys to Treated.com. Both interviews are available through their Twitter page by clicking here.

In 2018, Worthington was playing for the Wolfpack against Rochdale Hornets in Toronto when an innocuous change of direction set him on a path of recovery that lasted almost an entire year.

“I remember it very well. I went to step off my left foot and literally felt my knee explode. There was pain for roughly 30 seconds to a minute. It was quite severe but then it [suddenly] stopped, so it was quite a weird feeling and sensation to be in quite a lot of pain and then for it to disappear within a matter of seconds.”

After being carried from the field in front of a concerned home crowd, Worthington underwent clinical testing that confirmed a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament. Dr Atkinson goes into detail about the injury and how common it is amongst the wider public, not just elite athletes.

“ACL injuries are not exclusive to those who play high-contact professional sport. This is because they’re typically caused by turning, landing or pivoting in a way that puts a lot of pressure onto the ligaments, sometimes causing strain, injury, or, potentially, a snap.”

Worthington was booked in for reparative surgery and worked for over 10 months to regain his strength and mobility before making a return to the professional sporting arena in May of 2019. Click here to read the full interview with Worthington and Dr Atkinson.

For Anthony Mullally, it was a ‘dead leg’ or quadricep contusion that saw him restricted to non-contact duties at training in advance of the Wolfpack’s 2020 Season Opener in February.

“I got injured in the pre season warm-up game against Castleford. Someone went low and their knee when directly into my quad and gave me a dead leg. It was pretty painful. It feels like your leg is twice the size… you can’t really bend and you hobble as you’re running.”

Dr Atkinson explains that what Mullally experienced is not too different to what people all over the world deal with regularly, either as a result of sporting endeavour or simply day-to-day life. 

“A dead leg is really common, it happens in playgrounds a lot and it happens on sports fields a lot as well. It depends how bad it is as to what sort of treatment you need. A simple bruise will probably sort itself out. But if it is more serious, perhaps more sore when you are bearing weight on it, then it is worth following the R.I.C.E rule. That’s rest, ice, compression and elevation.”

To find out more about Treated.com, head to their website by clicking here.

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