John Dodson begins ACL rehab
UFC flyweight John Dodson recently sustained an ACL tear in his knee, and has now started his rehab. Here is an Instagram video that he posted yesterday.
Dodson is shown with his knee in a continuous passive motion (CPM) device with ice on his knee. The CPM is used in the early weeks after ACL repair to ensure full range of motion of the knee. The ice will help with pain and swelling. It would be good to see Dodson using pneumatic compression in combination with the cold therapy. This combination can be very effective at controlling swelling and lessening pain. Maybe he is using such a device when he’s not in the CPM.
Obtaining effective pain control is critical to regaining control of the quadriceps muscles. Soon, Dodson should be working on normalizing his gait and obtaining full active range of motion of the knee, both crucial to avoiding arthrofibrosis (scarring within the knee) and regaining strength of the quadriceps.
John Dodson has ACL Surgery
Fox Sports reported yesterday that UFC flyweight John Dodson has undergone ACL reconstruction surgery, and will be on the shelf until some time in 2015. He has been battling problems with his knee for some time.
His scheduled December 2013 bout with Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9 was cancelled due to Dodson suffering a partial tear of his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. He made a successful return to the Octagon in June of this year, but soon started having problems with the knee once again.
After the original injury, Dodson chose to pursue a conservative path rather than surgery since the ACL was partially torn. The confounding fact about the ACL is that it does not heal well on its own when torn. For the average layperson, the partially torn ACL can heal well enough to maintain normal day-to-day function. However, the elite level athlete may have a totally different outcome, and this is obviously the case with Dodson.
I posted an article on BloodyElbow in April, explaining in more detail why the ACL is difficult to heal on its own. The primary problem is that the ACL is an intraarticular ligament, and cannot form a healing blood clot at the site of the tear like other ligaments can (MCL, LCL).
I don’t expect Dodson to return to training until around March or April of 2015, and probably won’t be fight-ready until the summer of 2015. This of coarse depends on a normal course of recovery.
UFC on FOX 11: Thiago Alves’ comeback, and those leg kicks!
The UFC on FOX 11 card featured some great finishes. My interest, however, was fixed upon the welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and Seth Baczynski, seen on the preliminary card on FOX Sports 1. Alves earned the unanimous decision win.
Alves returned to the Octagon for the first time since March of 2012, when he suffered a submission loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FOX 2. Since that fight, Alves has had four surgeries. The list of injuries he has suffered is impressive.
- Torn biceps
- Torn ACL
- Torn PCL
- Torn pectoral muscle
But before this series of injuries and surgeries, Thiago underwent a surgery that, to my recollection, no other active UFC fighter has had- brain surgery. In 2010, an MRI revealed an arterial/venous malformation in his brain. The surgery to repair that was uncomplicated, and he soon returned to training. Alves enlisted the help of Mike Dolce for a nutrition and weight cutting strategy.
In his fight against Baczynski, Thiago displayed a barrage of brutal leg kicks complimented by some fine punches. His timing with the kicks was spot on. He looked as if he had been fighting regularly. This is a testament to the training and rehab that he had after each of his injuries.
So, who’s next for Thiago Alves? Leave your comments here. And hit me up on Twitter @MMAInjury!
Brett Roberts comments on the Affordable Care Act
Brett Roberts of BAMMA USA was on MMAJunkie radio yesterday, and commented on how the Affordable Care Act was affecting his MMA business.
"Insurance went up 30% this year in California because of the affordable care act that’s just screwing us left and right as promotions."
MMA Injury update: Cain Velasquez shoulder surgery
UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez recently gave an update on his progress since left shoulder surgery last December. The surgery was to repair a torn labrum, and it was his second shoulder surgery.
Labrum tears have the potential to alter the stability of the shoulder, which has obvious negative implications for an MMA athlete.
On his rehabilitation progress, Cain notes “I’m toward the end of my rehab now. More so starting to try to get that strength back instead of the motion. Still can’t train yet, hopefully pretty soon the doctor will clear me to start doing some stuff.”
You can see the video of this interview on my post that’s up today at BloodyElbow.com.
John Dodson returns to gym, recovering from knee injury
UFC flyweight John Dodson has been inactive since an early December 2013 knee injury, when he suffered partial tears of his MCL and ACL. The injury occurred during training, and forced him to withdraw from his scheduled fight at UFC on Fox 9 vs. Scott Jorgensen.
On February 25, he Tweeted a picture of himself sparring, having apparently been cleared to return to more aggressive training.
At the time of the injury, Dodson expected an 8-10 week inactive period. He has past that point, and I expect that we will see him in the Octagon some time this spring or possibly early summer, depending on fights that may be available to him.
Watch those outside leg kicks, John.
Julianna Pena injury update
Julianna Pena suffered a nasty knee injury in late January, in which she tore her ACL, LCL, MCL and a meniscus. She is in the early phases of her knee rehab now. Later tonight, I will have a post up on BloodyElbow.com where I review her rehab based on some comments that she shared earlier this week in a radio interview.
Watch for the article, and please follow me on twitter @MMAInjury!