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How long must I wait to play sports after having surgery for pneumothorax?

How long must I wait to play sports after having surgery for pneumothorax?

At least a month: Depends what sports you are talking about. I would be careful about serious contact sports ever. You still have a risk of ptx on the other side
scuba diving is out as is skydiving.
Recreational sports, tennis, baseball, soccer, etc are ok once your incisions have healed. ...Read more

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How long must you wait until you can play sports again after swine flu?

How long must you wait until you can play sports again after swine flu?

No fever.: One hard and fast rule I like to tell patients is to not play sports when you have a fever. That being said, there's no mandatory waiting period for sports after having the flu, but if you're still feeling fatigued, don't have the same energy - you can expect that you won't perform as well... Your reflexes won't be the same and you'll be prone to injuries. ...Read more

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I broke my big toe 3 weeks ago playing soccer. How much longer will I have to wait before I can play sports again?

I broke my big toe 3 weeks ago playing soccer. How much longer will I have to wait before I can play sports again?

Depends: Depends on how severe the fracture and how it is treated. Since it is the large toe I would say 3months. ...Read more

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Is it ok to play sports if I still feel light headed but have on and off headache or should I wait longer after a concussion over a week ago?

Is it ok to play sports if I still feel light headed but have on and off headache or should I wait longer after a concussion over a week ago?

One week after no: More headaches is the minimum recommendation. You may need longer depending on the severity of your concussion. You should be evaluated by your primary care doctor and obtain clearance from them before playing any sports. I know you want to play sports, but your brain needs time to heal. ...Read more

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I got 7 stitches on my index finger on my knuckle. How long do I wait to be able to play sports like basketball again which involve my index finger?

I got 7 stitches on my index finger on my knuckle. How long do I wait to be able to play sports like basketball again which involve my index finger?

Good question: This is a very good concern that you have, considering the importance of the index finger. This type of injury that involves a very active flexing/extending digit requires a longer rehabilitation, especially resuming athletics requiring use of your hands. Please ask the surgeon who repaired it your question, as it is best for recommendations to come from him/her based on type of injury. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long after a concussion can you play sports?

How long after a concussion can you play sports?

Caution is best: Our experience with professional sports injuries indicates a high incidence of post-traumatic encephalopathy due to repetitive head injuries. At one point we were far more lenient, but the consensus suggests it is safer to wait up to 4-6 weeks after a significant concussion. ...Read more

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Following a whipple procedure how long before you can play sports again?

Following a whipple procedure how long before you can play sports again?

10-12 weeks: Whipple procedure is done for tumor in the head of the pancreas or duodenum and is a major procedure with a fairly high rate of complications. Most are done open but some are done laparoscopically or by robotic surgery. The recovery, assuming no complications that delay recovery, is 6-8 weeks, then gradual increase in activity. You do not state what sport, but play it safe, check with your md. ...Read more

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How long after dislocating a shoulder will you be able to play sports again?

How long after dislocating a shoulder will you be able to play sports again?

Depends on the sport: Typically 3-4 weeks of immobilization is needed after a dislocation, followed by physical therapy. Early return would be about 6 weeks. I would not recommend any contact for 3 months. A good guild line is symmetrical strenght and range of motion, without pain. ...Read more

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If I play sports a lot does that make periods take longer to come because I still didn't get my first period yet. Should I stop sports?

If I play sports a lot does that make periods take longer to come because I still didn't get my first period yet. Should I stop sports?

Yes: Your first period can be delayed if you're very active with sports. Nevertheless, you should still have other signs of puberty. I recommend any young woman beyond age 15 that has not had a period be evaluated. You do not need to stop sports, but if your examination and labs are normal, you I would probably give you hormonal supplements to make sure you're not losing too much bone denisty. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long until I can play sports with torn acl?

Can you tell me how long until I can play sports with torn acl?

Most people: Are back to sports by 6 months. Certainly you can get back to running at 3 months and cutting around 4 months. It typically takes 6 or more to get back in good enough shape to compete in sports. ...Read more

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How long can tendonitis and a muscle tear take to heal to play sports again?

How long can tendonitis and a muscle tear take to heal to play sports again?

1: Depends on the tendon/muscle area and the specific sport. With complete rest and focused treatment, most of these issues can improve within 2-4 weeks. More complex areas and pathology can take longer. ...Read more

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Got concussion on jan 14th my head really hurts is this post concussion syndrome was told by ER it was how long till I can play sports?

Got concussion on jan 14th my head really hurts is this post concussion syndrome was told by ER it was how long till I can play sports?

One week after no: More headaches is the minimum recommendation. You may need longer depending on the severity of your concussion. You should not just be relying on the recommendations of the er doctor. You should be evaluated by your primary care doctor and obtain clearance from them before playing any sports. I know you want to play sports, but your brain needs time to heal. ...Read more

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How long until I can play sports after a scrotal hematoma?

How long until I can play sports after a scrotal hematoma?

No set of rules...: First, wait until being comfortable in moving & running around. How long? There would be no set answer because post-traumatic tissue healing and resolution chiefly depends on the magnitude of injury & hematoma inside scrotum. For individual situation, ask the doctor who can directly see and palpate the scrotal hematoma for better personal decision and advice. ...Read more

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How long after a benign brain tumor is removed could someone play sports again?

How long after a benign brain tumor is removed could someone play sports again?

Depends: There are multiple factors involved-
what sport?
What type of tumor?
How large was the tumor?
What part of the brain was the tumor?

There is much information needed to answer the question. Talk to your neurosurgeon who will have all your answers to help you. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury and to be able to play sports?

How long does it take to recover from a anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury and to be able to play sports?

Depends: There are many variables that will effect the time necessary to recover enough to return to sports including the graft used, fixation techniques and the biases of the surgeon. Because some studies suggest return to sports prior to 9 months post surgery may increase the risk of reinjury, I prefer to have my patients wait 9 months. Some athletes may return sooner with successful rehabilitation. ...Read more

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My right wrist hurts when I put weight on it. Should I wrap it to play sports, and how lonng should I wait before I see a doctor?

My right wrist hurts when I put weight on it. Should I wrap it to play sports, and how lonng should I wait before I see a doctor?

Pain wrist loading: Can ber asing of several issues ranging from mild sprain to stress frecture, so see someon soon, do not wait ...Read more

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After a knee reconstruction on my ACL & meniscus. How long will it take for me to be able to play sports?

After a knee reconstruction on my ACL & meniscus. How long will it take for me to be able to play sports?

8-9 months: Return to cutting sports after acl reconstruction is currently a controversial topic. It takes 7-8 months after reconstruction for a autograft (your own tendon) to reincorporate, and it takes 8-9 months after an allograft (donor tendon) to reincorporate. Retear rates after early return to sports is higher, so a conservative 8-9 months is recommended. ...Read more

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Two ribs fractured my fibula and dislocated my ankle, how long will it be before I'm good enough to play sports?

Two ribs fractured my fibula and dislocated my ankle, how long will it be before I'm good enough to play sports?

Depends: It sounds as though you had quite the accident. Fractured ribs are painful enough, the fracture/dislocation of an ankle can have long rehabilitation schedules. In addition, of course, it also depends on what sports you want to play. You most likely had surgery on the ankle. I would ask the surgeon for his opinion, he would know better than anyone else.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Left knee has a bone bruise. Its 6 weeks after incident/MRI and still in pain. How much longer can I expect to recover until I can play sports etc.?

Left knee has a bone bruise. Its 6 weeks after incident/MRI and still in pain. How much longer can I expect to recover until I can play sports etc.?

Rest it: The less you use it, the faster it will heal. This is one case where you should not "suck it up" and return to sports too early. Continued stress on a weakened bone can lead to displaced intra articular fracture and premature arthritis. Go with protected weight bearing until there is no more pain, then it should be fully healed. ...Read more

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Why is it that I get spasms when I play sports?

Why is it that I get spasms when I play sports?

Several reasons: Depends on where you get them and if any other symptoms or underlying condition. Simple muscle spasms can be due to tight or deconditioned tendons and muscles, lack of hydration or electrolytes. Sometimes it can be a secondary, reactive issue due to an underlying problem such as nerve irritation. ...Read more

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Can you play sports with wilson's disease? Is it possible?

Wilson's Dz: Left untreated, wilson's disease tends to become progressively worse and is eventually fatal. With early detection and treatment, most of those affected can live relatively normal lives. Liver and neurologic damage that occurs prior to treatment may improve, but it is often permanent. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do if I play sports but still don't lose the weight I wanna lose.?

What to do if I play sports but still don't lose the weight I wanna lose.?

Energy: Congratulations on being physically active. This provides many healthful benefits, as well as burning calories for weight control. If you are not losing the weight you desire, then you likely need to reduce your caloric intake so that it is less than your energy expenditure. Doing so while maintaining a well rounded and nutritiious diet will assist you on achieving your goals. ...Read more

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Should all kids play sports? Is no-cut policy good or unfair to top players?

Should all kids play sports? Is no-cut policy good or unfair to top players?

Not all competitive: Childhood is not a rehearsal for adulthood. Kids should play sports to learn about team work, make new friends, learn a new skill and exercise.
What is a "top player" in little league? ...Read more

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I want to play sports but I have to do a sports physical first. What do they do at them & do I get drug tested?

I want to play sports but I have to do a sports physical first. What do they do at them & do I get drug tested?

HaveFunPlayingStoned: Ask them. Wouldn't hurt. Just wear a bag on your head and disguise your voice. Oh, or use the phone. A sports physical always includes a routine physical exam. The rest depends on your scholarly jurisdiction and the discretion of the examining physician. Sometimes it's blood, sometimes, x-rays or heart tests, most of the time nothing extra. Depends on what they find or what you tell them. Consent is required ...Read more

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I am a bangladeshi and I m 24 years old. I often play sports but unlike atheletes or professional sportsmen my stamina is relatively low. What cn I do?

I am a bangladeshi and I m 24 years old. I often play sports but unlike atheletes or professional sportsmen my stamina is relatively low. What cn I do?

Endurance training: Have you tried doing more aerobic-types of activity? Running, biking, nordic skiing, just to name a few sports, that when done over time will boost your endurance. It's best to start slowly and increase the duration maybe 10' every 10 days or so. Begin by trying to sustain a"talking" type pace for 20'. Once you're able to do this effortlessly, increase the duration, but no more than 10'/10 days. ...Read more