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Sydney Rice



It was reported yesterday by Fox's Jay Glazer that the recently signed wide receiver (WR) Sydney Rice had suffered a labral tear while in a drill in practice. What does this mean for the oft-injured WR?


The most commont tear is a Type 2 tear which means that the superior labrum (top) is detached and the long head of the biceps tendon is also frayed or detached. The surgery procedure will debride the labrum and then reattach the torn portion to the best of the surgeon's ability. The labrum is not only painful but also creates stability in the joint and without repair leaves vulnerable the rotator cuff.


The repair will also most likely include a re-attachment of the biceps tendon at the original origin or a tenodesis (a cutting of the biceps tendon). The tenodesis outcomes are quite good for athletes. John Elway and Brett Farve both returned to championship form after this procedure.


With a repair of a type II labral tear an athlete is typically done for the season in which the injury occurs. Without repair a wide receiver would have difficulty diving for balls, reaching balls above the head, and absorbing force through the upper extremity, such as blocking and beating man to man coverage off the line of scrimmage.


According to Neuman in the American Journal of Sports Medicine athletes rate a successful return to overhead sports at the 3 year mark at about 84% with a mean of 73%. This is a much more difficult recovery for a quarterback or pitcher.


The Seahawks team physician Dr. Khalfayan will most likely handle all the care of Syndey whether they opt for conservative management (no surgery and just PT) or surgical intervention. Either way Syndney is no longer a fantasy hold and will not likely contribute to the 2011 season.



Ben Wobker, PT, MSPT, CSCS


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Neuman, BJ et al AJSM 2011 September



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