This photo is from a sledge hockey tournament. The patient is an 18-year-old Ontario Sledge Hockey Player with Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spine and spinal cord.
During a competition against Quebec, a player got slashed by one of the picks on the end of a hockey stick; the picks help propel the player on the ice. The pick left a puncture wound in the side of the athlete’s abdomen. There was little to no bleeding, but the puncture was certainly large enough in diameter for stitches.
I ensured the area was clean and protected, and applied steri-strips to facilitate the healing and closure of the skin. Due to the size and location of the puncture, I recommended the athlete see a physician for stitches.
The treatment represents emergency acute care in the AT spectrum of care.
R.Kin, RMT,CAT(C), SMT(C)
As a former competitive swimmer, Jason White experienced his share of injuries and treatment. His desire to help others overcome injuries and resume healthy lifestyles led him to becoming an Athletic Therapist and RMT, and is the focus of his current private practice.