The Denver Broncos can breath a sigh of relief. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Star-studded pass rusher, Elvis Dumervil could return to the field sooner then expected.
"Based on nearly everything I've been hearing, Elvis Dumervil is expected back this season," Broncos beat writer Mike Klis writes. "Dumervil probably won't even be out for the season, much less for his career. He suffered a torn pectoral, not an amputated femur. Barring a setback in his rehab, expect Dumervil to return and play in 2010."
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen. One thing is for certain, someone is going to have to step up in Dumervil's absense.
Can Dumervil really return so quickly from this injury? Let's take a quick look at what exactly a Torn Pectoral muscle is--then you decide for yourself. Melt with me...
First of all, what is a "Pec muscle?"
The pectoralis major muslce is the large muscle in front of the chest wall. There are two parts of the pectoralis muscle, the pectoralis major and the pectoralis minor.
The Pectoralis major is the larger of the two, and works to push the arms in front of the body. For example, a brench press maneuver.
The pectoralis major muscle, or most commonly it's tendon that attaches the arm bone (the humerus), can rupture. Athletes commonly call this a "pec rupture," but it is more accurately called a pectoralis major muscle rupture.
According to bodybuildinghealth.com, " Pectoralis major ruptures are uncommon injuries that occur almost exclusively in men between the ages of 20-50. While partial tears can occur, these are less common, and usually a complete rupture of the tendinous attachment of the muscle to the bone occurs."
Surgery is required for complete tears, and Dumervil has already gone through surgery.
Now for the kicker....
According to bodybuildinghealth.com, "By repairing the torn tendon, patients have a good chance at returning to high-level sports and activities. Ideally the repair is performed in the early period following the injury. By performing the repair within several weeks of the injury, scar tissue and muscle atrophy are minimized. The repair is performed by placing large sutures in the torn tendon, and then securing these sutures to the arm bone with either holes in the bone or anchors inserted in the bone."
There was one burning question that I had about this injury, when the muscle is reattached to the bone, does that point always remain a weak connection?
Fortunately for me (and you, the reader), my neighbor is a Doctor who has experience with this particular injury.
When I posed this question to him he had this to say, "No, and in many cases it is actually stronger."
He then went on to explain (I had to grab my pen and pad and write this down,) "The problem lies in not being able to put any stress on the repair attachment for weeks to allow healing to occur which makes the muscle atrophy. The muscle then has to be placed under stress to regain strength and all the scar tissue has to be stretched out from being contracted for weeks which really hurts. This is a laborious process which takes effort, determination and a good training team. Other muscles nearby also atrpohy due to the lack of work load. All in all, not a fun process, but infinitely easier than ACL recovery."
So there you have it, tell me what you think. Will Dumervil be back sooner then the Main stream media seems to think?