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The Doc Spot: Iowa State vs. Kansas injury report

By Chris Williams, CycloneFanatic.com Publisher

Your expert injury report for Iowa State vs. Kansas courtesy of our friends at the Iowa Clinic.

Other than a few Cyclones who are out for the season, Iowa State is a relatively healthy football team heading into its ninth game of the season.

One big question mark surround Saturday’s game has to do with the health of freshman running back Duran Hollis, who exited last Saturday’s win over Texas Tech early due to what was referred to as a hip pointer. That’s where we got our expert advice for this week.

CF: Running back Duran Hollis suffered what we believed to be a hip pointer in Saturday’s win over Texas Tech. Hollis left the game early and didn’t return, but Paul Rhoads did say that he practiced with the team on Sunday. What exactly is a hip pointer, how is it treated and is there a chance that it will affect Hollis’ performance this weekend against Kansas?

Kelly Brown, MPT, The Iowa Clinic Physical Therapy Department says:

A hip pointer is a bruise or contusion to the bone of the rim of the pelvis, also called the iliac crest.  It is caused from a direct blow to the area.  Usually there is swelling and bleeding that can accumulate and the muscles around the area can be affected.   Typical treatment is rest, ice and anti-inflammatories for the first 24-48 hours, then initiation of physical therapy to return range of motion (ROM) and strength.  The athlete can return to play when ROM and strength return to normal and pain is resolved.   Normal recovery from this type of injury can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks.

The fact that this athlete returned to play the next day is a good sign that the injury was not that severe.  The severity of the injury and the speed of healing will determine what, if any, limitations the player has for the upcoming game.