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I am aware that your specialty is lower body, but being that you've treated Hockey players I wanted to direct this question at you in hopes that might have some knowledge.. I'm writing a manuscript currently about a hockey player and I want to injure him enough to miss 4-6 weeks worth of games. I was really looking to injure the shoulder area though in a car accident. Looking at the anatomy of the shoulder I'm torn between going straight down and into a ligament or just a laceration to the deltoid muscle. Would either of those injuries take longer than 4-6 weeks to heal? If you can't answer that question might you know anyone I could contact that wouldn't mind being pestered by a writer? Thanks!

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Hi April- of course, looking to contemplate what type of injury would put a player out for 4-6 wks  in the hockey world is not that difficult. Almost any moderate to aggressive knee injury would do it, as would severe ankle injury. If your looking for shoulder - any moderate shoulder separation or dislocation would work well. If you're talking car injury, moderate to severe jamming of the joint without fracture also would fit. Doesn't sound like you need medical diagnosis so specificity not necessary. Aggressive ligament injury could easily take 4-6 wks. Good luck, hope this help... Dr. Bob Weil

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Dr. Bob Weil

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Diagnosis & treatment & PREVENTION of foot & foot related lower extremity sports related problems. Indications & uses of prescription in shoe orthotics. Foot, ankle functional exercises for injury prevention & enhanced performance. Specific specialty in orthotic use in figure skating & hockey. Access to all topics re sports medicine at sportsdoctorradio.com- radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.

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Publications
Podiatry Management Magazine, 9/10/10, "Hitting the Airwaves- this podiatrist uses his own radio show to promote Podiatry Podiatry Management Mag-6/-7/2010, "Figure Skating, Olympic Gold, & Podiatry Lower Extremity Review,7/2012, Pediatric Obesity weighs on Bones & Joints Numerous articles,"the sports doctor"- listed sportsdoctorradio.com- news articles 3 years of weekly radio shows, "the sports doctor", listed sportsdoctorradio.com-radio shows

Education/Credentials
BA degree science Univ. Louisville, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Scholls College Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

Past/Present Clients
Treated many athletes in all sports, tennis- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, numerous members of 85 Super Bowl Bears Evan Lysacek, 2010 men's Olympic Gold Medal figure skating champion.

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