Kevin Ware is a basketball player playing in the NCAA right now. News is spreading of how he broke his leg today. It is one of the most gruesome injuries I have ever seen in basketball.
How can we prevent injuries like this with better diet? And is there any way to know if we are at risk of bone fractures before they actually happen? Kevin's injury looks like he simply landed poorly, but for his leg to crumple like that is simply ridiculous, and suggests that he might have had low bone density. If he could of had an x-ray done a couple years ago, would the doctor have noticed something wrong? Then, with proper diet, could he have increased his bone density or resiliency to prevent this?
Here is a video of the injury during the game. Looks like a fracture of both the fibula and tibula around the middle of both bones. Although you can't see from the video, people say it was also a compound fracture (skin punctured).
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From the video it seems that Ware jumped about four feet in the air to defend a shot, landed 100% on his outside foot and his shoe stuck. In other words, his lower leg stopped while the rest of his body, carried by substantial momentum, kept going.
This happens a lot. See:
In fact, except for the head injuries and severed artery shown in the link, it happened in each case except possibly the Joe Thiesman injury where the injury is obscured by other players. In all others, the player left the ground while running and landed entirely on one foot, leaving the single leg to deal with the considerable force and impact still in play.
Can this be deficient bone density? Maybe but more probably not. In the Mary Pearce ACL tear, all the bone density in the world wouldn't have helped her. Her bone did just fine but her ligament ripped. I'm no physicist, but it seems that the densest bone has outside limits defined by the unique physics of the moment.
The proper balance of vitamin A, vitamin D, and the most often overlooked, vitamin K2. Without K2 calcium does not wind up in bone where it belongs. It winds up in soft tissues like arteries.
Check out "Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox" for details.
Don't know about Kevin, but for good bone density, I suggest:
Sun/supplement with Vitamin D3 to a blood level of 50-60 ng/ml.
Dark leafy greens, dairy, canned salmon/sardines and bone broth for calcium, other minerals.
Magnesium supplementation of 400-600 mg of a magnesium chelate, like Mag Glycinate or Malate (unless you happen to live in a place with high magnesium water.)
ETA: Also preformed Vitamin A (from liver or CLO) and Vitamin K2 from liver, hard cheese and/or supplements
Accidents happen. Bones break. Probably not low bone density, just a freak thing.
I didn't see the break live, but just saw the video of it... jebus.... that looks nasty.
At the end of the day it I a question of design. Our bodies are not made to land that way. This happens all the time. Most get lucky and end up with a sprained ankle or torn tendon or small fracture. This kid was very unfortunate as his foot didn't roll.
When jumping with force land with the knee and foot facing the same direction.
It is really a shame to see such a youn kid have such a gruesome injury. Hopefully he's able to get back to full strength and not be nagged by this for the rest of his life.
It was a freak injury that can happen to anyone and cannot really be "prevented." I am sure that kid has strong bones and is in phenomenal shape. He just landed awkwardly on one foot. He has probably made that jump 1000 times and came down 999 times in a sprint to his next position.
Raw Milk is best source of calcium. and dr.s are calling it a deficiency..http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=18854412