Hi Sports Lovers!  Ever since I was a little girl, my dream was to own an NFL team. I don’t know how or why I got that idea, but I have never been able to shake it. Obviously I don’t own a team, but that didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for all sports, especially professional football. My family is a bunch of field and gym “rats”. We spend more time sitting on bleachers and in collapsible stadium chairs than we do at our kitchen table. This goes on all year round. There is no rest for the weary, with us. Our idea of a great fall weekend is at least one high school soccer game (daughter), a recreational flag football game (young son), a Saturday afternoon college football game (Let’s Go, Mountaineers) and a Sunday afternoon NFL game (Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go).  All up close and personal. We are there—in the seats!

Since the whole ownership thing didn’t really work out, I decided to turn to the practice of medicine. As an anesthesiologist, I have spent the majority of my clinical career providing intra and post-operative care for sports-related orthopedic surgeries. I won’t drop names, because in medicine all of that is a no-no, but I am proud to say I have cared for patients that range from the elite professional athlete to the recreational youth player.

I follow the sports injury reports, on a daily basis. I watch the instant replays closely to determine what type of injury an athlete has sustained, prior to the official team announcement. Over the years, it has become a bit of an obsession. As you might imagine, I am frequently solicited to attend fantasy draft parties and field lots of questions each week that involve what players to trade based on their injury status.

Given that I spend so much time analyzing sports injuries, I decided it was time to share my knowledge and opinions in an open forum.

Now the disclaimer. By no means should you use what I say to help you determine any wager on the outcome of a sporting event. What you read in my forum is my evaluation and my opinion, only. I don’t want to be responsible for your children not going to college.