April 2015

Most NFL players successfully return from Lisfranc injury, but it takes time

In the moment: Sports medicine

By Jordana Bieze Foster

Almost all National Football League (NFL) players who sustain tarsometatarsal (Lisfranc) joint injuries return to competition, but very few do so quickly, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Of 28 players (11 offensive, 17 defensive) who suffered Lisfranc injuries between 2000 and 2010, only two never returned to NFL competition. The median time to return was 11.1 months from the time of injury, and only three players returned in less than three months.

Offensive power ratings (total touchdowns/6 + total yards/10) and defensive power ratings (total tackles + total sacks x2 + total interceptions x2) decreased slightly in the three seasons postinjury compared with the three seasons preinjury, but the decrease was not statistically significant. Similarly, the change in performance in the Lisfranc-injured players was greater than for a comparison group of players in similar positions from the 2005 season, but that difference was also not statistically significant.

The findings were presented in late March at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Source:

McHale KJ, Rozell JC, Milby AH, et al. Outcomes of Lisfranc injuries in the National Football League. Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 2015.

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