Why Alex Smith’s injury almost cost him his life | Outside the Lines Why Alex Smith’s injury almost cost him his life | Outside the LinesSearch welcome an ESPN injury analyst Stefania Velvet Taco little bit about Alex Smith. Why did this injury end up endangering his life when the body is reacting to an infection, and I think was important to know? Is the fracture? Would you reference earlier with a compound fracture, meaning the bone comes through the skin and that immediately elevates the risk of infection, because your base introducing an open environment in anything from that field or the Sox or the sweats can transfer mediately there here? When you look at this, what do you see? I think it was just an unfortunate consequence of that high-risk with the open fracture.
You know immediately afterward he’s transported to the hospital and they do a clean out. They wash it out. You do everything you can to try and counter it. These are microorganisms, and sometimes they just have a way of rearing their heads. His situation, where do you feel like he is in his recovery, he’s actually Leaps and Bounds from where he was a year ago. You know he’s in the stage we call functional return, two-sport he’s doing high-level activity, conditioning strength, training he’s also doing sport-specific activity right now.
Football drills, you’ve seen him in these segments doing dropbacks and throws I mean he is preparing as if he is returning to football. Again and obviously everybody out there was rooting for him. If you put a percentage on this – and I know you don’t examine him directly – I know you don’t see his chart, but if you put a percentage on what you think or his chances to come back and play, what do you think that would be say, Ryan In sports medicine, we prognosticate based on Cops.
What is the rate of return after this type of injury, and one of things Alex has told me throughout? This is the reason he wanted to do. This story is that there is no one who has ever come back to a professional sport from this type of injury and he really wanted to lay out the chart so that if somebody else were to follow in his footsteps and Fortune, is that my piece they Would have a bit of a road map of someone to live? What I can say is after watching, where he’s coming from to where he is now.
I would not put anything past that makes it more possible for him than other people to do something that no one else was, I think it’s his Drive, get incredibly competitive and he’s a quiet or guy, so people might be surprised, know he doesn’t put that out. There with he is incredibly driven and Incredibly competitive, and everyone, including Folks at the team, have told me to a player they’ve, never dealt with someone who is more determined, Works harder or is more competitive level that he was at.
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