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Football Injury a Reminder to All

October 19, 2010

The unfortunate injury to Rutgers player Eric Legrand is a reminder to athletes, coaches, and families of the potential dangers associated with sport. LeGrand suffered an injury at the C3-C4 level during a kickoff at Saturday's Rutgers-Army football game.

In a recent interview with The Star-Ledger, Dr. Mark McLaughlin of Princeton Brain & Spine Care said LeGrand’s hopes of walking again depend "on whether the spinal cord has been bruised or severed, and how badly."

Dr. McLaughlin also offered expert opinion on the possible treatments that LeGrand may be undergoing at this time.

  • Increasing LeGrand’s blood pressure to promote blood flow to the spinal cord to minimize the secondary injury that might result from a loss of blood flow. Doctors would do this by hydrating him intravenously, and possibly by giving him medication to raise his blood pressure.
  • Ensuring his oxygenation level is normal, because C-3 injuries often affect the functioning of the diaphragm, which can lead to pneumonia
  • Ensuring he doesn’t aspirate by keeping fluid from building up in his stomach

The physicians and staff of Princeton Brain & Spine Care believe in the value of sports and wish Mr. LeGrand a full recovery.

Princeton Brain & Spine Care funds Concussion Discussion, a public service initiative dedicated to the reduction of concussions in amateur and professional sport.


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