Thursday, July 10, 2008
I know it's early, and you probably don't want to be reliving the Chris Snyder injury from last week, but ABC put out a great article on what it's going to take for the Catcher to recover from his broken testicle. I'll try not to gross you out in the blockquote but do read the article if you can stomach it....
Still, a testicular fracture is not something that is easily shaken off. In simple terms, a testicular fracture involves a "crack" in the testicle; the organ retains its shape, but it is damaged. Though different from a testicular rupture, which involves a complete hemorrhage of the testicle, a fracture in this delicate organ can be extraordinarily painful -- and may even require surgery, in many cases.Okay, sorry about that. I guess there's no way to really not gross you out when talking about a broken testicle. The rest of the article is a great read though and goes into detail about the psychological aspects of returning from a horrific injury.
"It is indeed extraordinarily painful," said Dr. Mark Litwin, professor of urology and public health at the University of California at Los Angeles. Litwin adds that the natural vulnerability of testicles is "one of these anatomical curiosities med students never understand."
"The placement of ovaries makes sense. ... [Testicles] are in the worst place you could put them. They really are in harm's way."
Whether Snyder will be able to reconcile the pain of his injury when he crouches back behind the plate will likely be apparent with his reaction to potentially troublesome pitches, Lardon noted.
Getting Back Into the Game After Testicular Fracture (ABC News)
Today (Or Yesterday) In Nut Shots, Chris Snyder's Broken Testicle (Wait, What?!) (Awful Announcing)