19 February, 2011

Teal Out For 4-6 Weeks

Injured during last week's preseason match in Phoenix, Teal got the update and is set to miss the MLS season opener between KC and Chivas.

While this won't really affect his playing time or chances for the USMNT, a dislocation does put a little fear into players and may slow his scoring a little to start the season. The photo to the right shows a complete dislocation of the elbow which would require much more extensive rehab. In Teal's case, it was a simple dislocation.
Elbow dislocations are not common. Elbow dislocations typically occur when a person falls onto an outstretched hand. When the hand hits the ground, the force is sent to the elbow. Usually, there is a turning motion in this force. This can drive and rotate the elbow out of its socket. Elbow dislocations can also happen in car accidents when the passengers reach forward to cushion the impact. The force that is sent through the arm can dislocate the elbow, just as in a fall.
Here's to hoping he gets back on the horse and keeps taking it to the defense.

Photo: orthoinfo

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