A gruesome injury in Sunday’s NCAA Tournament game when Louisville Guard Kevin Ware landed on the court and suffered a broken leg. Ware suffered a compound fracture of his right leg and went into surgery Sunday night.
University of Nebraska Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Dr. Lori Reed says it appears that Ware put extra stress on his leg because of the position he landed after a jump. She says surgery went well and he is up and around. She says there is a good chance he will play basketball again.
Dr. Reed says it isn’t uncommon for high level athletes to play with tibia rods or nails in their leg. It will take a while and he will be on crutches for several weeks as he heals but as of now there is no reason to think he done with the sport for good.
There is speculation that ware had a weak spot in the bone and when he landed at exactly the right angle the bone snapped.
Dr. Reed says there are things one can do to improve bone health, including a healthy diet. Dr. Reed says calcium and Vitamin D supplements also can improve bone health.