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A Spill at Parsenn Bowl
Knee Injury and Recovery
Elaine S. Chapman
Based on a real incident, this case features an older woman who has been injured on a ski slope. Her classic knee injury, often referred to as the “Terrible Triad of O’Donahue,” is complicated by her age, the altitude, and possible hypothermia. In a stepwise fashion, students are introduced to the evaluation of the injury, structure of the knee joint, complicating factors, treatment of the injury, rehabilitation, and the patient’s eventual recovery. The topic of the case is often of particular interest to college-aged student-athletes, many of whom have faced a similar injury. Developed for students in the first semester of a two-semester anatomy and physiology course, the case could be adapted for a human biology course.
|Keywords:||Musculoskeletal system; anatomy of the knee joint; bone; cartilage; disuse muscle atrophy; anterior cruciate ligament; medial collateral ligament; meniscus; hypothermia; homeostasis; sports injury; orthopedic surgery|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Clinical education, Continuing education|
|Subject Headings:||Anatomy Physiology Sports Science Medicine (General)|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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