October 24, 2004

Womack

Cardinals second baseman Tony Womack was smacked with a ground ball in the left collarbone. Luckily for him, it doesn’t appear to be broken. I’ve broken that particular bone, and it smarts! It sure looked like he was in a good deal of pain as he made an effort to walk it off. What bad luck; the guy is just recovering from back spasms.

The crowd gave him a respectfully quiet moment as he exited the field, but there was some sort of music playing over the speaker system that didn’t really go with the moment. Aerosmith?

In any case, he says he’s ready to play again. Good for him.

Posted by James at October 24, 2004 1:31 AM
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"Come Together" by Aerosmith

Posted by: Julie at October 24, 2004 3:04 PM

This poor man! When I first saw his name, I thought of the WOMAC pain score, which is used to determine a person's pain with such diseases as osteoarthritis (OA). Considering how much pain he has been in, between his bad lower back and this collar bone carem, I wondered if he was fated by his name...

Here's an explanation of WOMAC:

The Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Osteoarthritis Index is a disease-specific, self-administered, health status measure. It probes clinically-important symptoms in the areas of pain, stiffness and physical function in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee. The index consists of 24 questions (5 pain, 2 stiffness and 17 physical function) and can be completed in less than 5 minutes. The WOMAC is a valid, reliable and sensitive instrument for the detection of clinically important changes in health status following a variety of interventions (pharmacologic, surgical, physiotherapy, etc.).

Posted by: Patti M. at October 25, 2004 8:50 AM

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