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Using the NFL Injury Report to Pick this Week’s Winners

The NFL Injury Report tells us all we need to know to make our picks.

For years I’ve been dissecting the NFL Injury Report and predicting who would win during the playoffs and Superbowl. When you’re a doctor who loves football, it’s not that difficult.

So my success has prompted me to make the risky move of posting my strategy and results.  There are varying levels of theory, just like layers of the epidermis.  And each deeper layer of prediction should confirm the simpler ones.  But if I can’t scientifically deduce the winner, I wing it.

Method 1 – Number game

Let’s take for example Thursday night’s game between the Packers and the Bears.  According the NFL injury report, there were 3 injuries reported for both teams, but an additional 3 Packers had limited or participation in practice. If specific injuries are not listed, we can sometimes count how many did not participate in practice.  A novice may just say 3 is less than 6 so the Bears will win.  But as a physician, this is not good enough.  We need to also look at the types of injuries.

Method 2 – Anatomy counts

According to the NFL Injury report, with Game 1 of the season, the Packers sustained injuries to the chest, hamstring and neck.  The Bears, however sustained injuries to the  groin, elbow and knee.  Yes, Lawrence Burton’s groin injury is very telling. Why?

Think about when you were playing football.  If you hurt a finger you still played.  If you sprained your knee, you toughed it out. But what happened when you sustained a groin injury.  You were leveled.  Probably couldn’t even get up.  So any injury involving the groin is physically devastating for a player, and from a psychological standpoint, the whole team.

If a groin injury specifically is not incurred and reported by the NFL injury report, then you look at the injuries closest to the groin.  A head injury is also very concerning so that will come after groin.  Hence the scale from most devastating to least in terms of injured body parts listed is:

Groin < head/concussion < hip< < glute < quad < hamstring  < eye < abdomen < chest < knee < shoulder < calf < arm < ankle < foot < wrist < hand < finger < toe.  

The Bear’s groin injury, according to our scale, was the most significant, so the team unfortunately wasn’t looking very good for Thursday night’s game.

 

Method 3 – Colors 

In case of a tie….meaning both teams sustained equal numbers of groin injuries or subsequent proximal body parts, we look to the main colors of the Jersey.  Black, Blue, Green and Yellow will fare worse than White and Red, Brown. In medicine, Black may happen with necrosis, Blue is associated with hypoxia, Green- mucous, Yellow – gonorrhea.  White and Red are fairly routine and healthy colors in medicine (bones and blood).  Silver and Purple are colors that are fairly neutral as we usually don’t see those colors on a routine basis in medicine unless with hair.

Therefore, the color scale from most problematic to least is:

Black < Blue < Yellow < Green < Orange < Purple < Silver < White < Red.

Again this is only used if predictions cannot be made due to an anatomical tie.  Again I must stress we do not use the color method unless we are unable to predict using the NFL injury report.

With Thursday night’s game, the Packers wore white and the Bears wore blue.   So based on jersey color, the Bears were again at a disadvantage.

Hence we saw the Packers start their season with a victory.

So what will happen this Sunday?  Let’s use what we learned to predict the winners!!

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Rams vs. Panthers

Panther’s are reporting a concussion injury

Prediction:  Rams

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Titans vs Browns

Titan’s double knee injury compared to a Brown’s hamstring…..

Prediction:  Too close to call

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Chiefs vs. Jaguars

The Jags’ multiple injuries make them no match

Prediction:  Chiefs

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Ravens vs. Dolphins

The Dolphins have injured everything but their dorsal fins…

Prediction:  Ravens

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Falcons vs Vikings

Stefon Diggs’ hamstring injury puts the Vikings at a huge disadvantage

Prediction:  Falcons

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Bills vs Jets

Too many injuries close to Jets’ groins

Prediction:  Bills

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Redskins vs Eagles

Concussions may sink the Skins

Prediction: Eagles

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Colt’s vs Chargers

Groin injury vs losing your quarterback…..

Prediction:  Too Close Too Call

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Bengal’s vs Seahawks

Concussion listed for the Bengals

Prediction: Seahawks

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Lions Vs Cardinals

Even number of joints on this one…

Prediction:  Too Close To Call

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Giant’s vs Cowboys

Hamstrings are too close to the groin for comfort

Prediction:  Cowboys

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49’ers and Buccaneers

Not sure what to make of Evan’s illness, but I’ll assume its a cold

Prediction:  Bucks

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Steelers vs Patriots

Patriots just signed Antonio Brown…..they’re going to the Superbowl

Prediction: Patriots

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We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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Using the NFL Injury Report to Pick this Week’s Winners

The NFL Injury Report tells us all we need to know to make our picks.

For years I’ve been dissecting the NFL Injury Report and predicting who would win during the playoffs and Superbowl. When you’re a doctor who loves football, it’s not that difficult.

So my success has prompted me to make the risky move of posting my strategy and results.  There are varying levels of theory, just like layers of the epidermis.  And each deeper layer of prediction should confirm the simpler ones.  But if I can’t scientifically deduce the winner, I wing it.

Method 1 – Number game

Let’s take for example Thursday night’s game between the Chiefs and the Patriots.  According the NFL injury report, there were 3 injuries reported for the Chiefs and 5 for the Patriots.  A novice may just say 3 is less than 5 so the Chiefs will win.  But as a physician, this is not good enough.   We need to also look at the types of injuries.

Method 2 – Anatomy counts

According to the NFL Injury report, the Chiefs sustained injuries to the knee, another knee and ankle.  The Patriot’s sustained injuries to the  knee, shoulder, ankle, another knee but also hamstring.  Yes, Matthew Slater’s hamstring injury is very telling. Why?

Think about when you were playing football.  If you hurt a finger you still played.  If you sprained your knee, you toughed it out. But what happened when you sustained a groin injury.  You were leveled.  Probably couldn’t even get up.  So any injury involving the groin is physically devastating for a player, and from a psychological standpoint, the whole team.

If a groin injury specifically is not incurred and reported by the NFL injury report, then you look at the injuries closest to the groin.  A head injury is also very concerning so that will come after groin.  Hence the scale from most devastating to least in terms of injured body parts listed is:

Groin < head/concussion < hip< < glute < quad < hamstring  < eye < abdomen < chest < knee < shoulder < calf < arm < ankle < foot < wrist < hand < finger < toe.  

The Patriot’s hamstring injury is closer to the groin than any other injury hence the team wasn’t looking very good for Thursday night’s game.

If specific injuries are not listed, we can sometimes count how many did not participate in practice.

 

Method 3 – Colors 

In case of a tie….meaning both teams sustained equal numbers of groin injuries or subsequent proximal body parts, we look to the main colors of the Jersey.  Black, Blue, Green and Yellow will fare worse than White and Red, Brown. In medicine, Black may happen with necrosis, Blue is associated with hypoxia, Green- mucous, Yellow – gonorrhea.  White and Red are fairly routine and healthy colors in medicine (bones and blood).  Silver and Purple are colors that are fairly neutral as we usually don’t see those colors on a routine basis in medicine unless with hair.

Therefore, the color scale from most problematic to least is:

Black < Blue < Yellow < Green < Orange < Purple < Silver < White < Red.

Again this is only used if predictions cannot be made due to an anatomical tie.  Again I must stress we do not use the color method unless we are unable to predict using the NFL injury report.

With Thursday night’s game, the Chiefs wore white and the Patriots wore blue.   But despite this method, the Patriots were at a disadvantage with the hamstring injury all along.

So what will happen this Sunday?  Let’s use what we learned to predict the winners!!

Jets vs. Bills  

1 Eye injury vs. 1 Concussion

Prediction:  Jets

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Falcons vs. Bears

A Falcon chest injury vs Bears’ two ankles, a knee and finger injury

Prediction:  Falcons

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Jaguars vs. Texans

1 ankle, 1 hamstring injury vs. 1 ankle and 1 shoulder

Prediction:  Texans

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Raiders vs. Titans

foot, quad, knee and back vs Titan’s groin injury – very close but…

Prediction:  Raiders

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Eagles vs. Redskins

0 injuries vs. hip and knee

Prediction:  Eagles

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Colts vs. Rams

Groin, foot, shoulder, hamstring, lumbar plague the colts – zero injuries reported for the Rams

Prediction:  Rams

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Seahawks vs Packers

Calf, shoulder, thigh, wrist, knee ankle vs. ankle

Prediction: Packers

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Panthers vs. 49ers

knee, groin, ankle shoulder vs. hamstring and back injury

Prediction:  49ers

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Giants vs. Cowboys

Concussion and ankle vs. ankle

Prediction: Cowboys

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Ravens vs. Bengals

The Raven’s concussion is up against the Bengal’s ankle and elbow.  Tough call…..

Prediction:  Bengals

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Steelers vs. Browns

A knee and shoulder injury vs. a knee injury

Prediction:  Browns

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Cardinals vs. Lions

Ankle, tricep and calf injury vs. knee and foot

Prediction:  Lions

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We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict this week’s winners

Week 17!  Here we go!

Falcons

Bengals

Packers

Colts

Patriots

Vikings

Jets – but too close to call

Cowboys/Eagles – Eagles look good from the injury report standpoint but I will never root against my COWBOYS

Steelers

Panthers

Titans

Giants

Broncos – but too close to call with their three concussions

Cardinals – again too close to call

Chiefs

Seahawks

 

 

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to rounding out a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict this week’s winners

Here we go! Week 15!

Seahawks

Dolphins

Eagles

Bills

Packers

Cowboys

Jaguars

Chiefs

Vikings – close call

Giants

Saints

Falcons

Patriots

Raiders

Steelers

Panthers

 

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict this week’s winners

Here we go! Week 14!

Chiefs

Cowboys

Seahawks

Eagles

Saints

Broncos

Chargers

Browns

Lions

Texans

Jaguars

Cardinals

Bills (two concussions reported on the Steelers)

49’ers – to close to call

Rams – to close to call

Patriots

 

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

 

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict this week’s winners

Here we go! Week 13!

 

Cowboys

Falcons

Dolphins

49’ers (will be close)

Eagles

Packers

Broncos

Patriots

Saints

Raiders

Cardinals

Steelers

Buccaneers

Seahawks

Colts

 

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Football medical trend: smelling salts

Many ask what the players are seen sniffing during the football games and why?  The answer:  ammonium carbonate, or smelling salts.  We’ve seen Ezekiel Elliot frequently sniff it before and during the game and others, such as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning (above) have used this remedy for a variety of reasons.  So here are your questions answered.

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What are smelling salts?

Smelling salts release ammonia when diluted and inhaled. They’ve been used for centuries to help those regain consciousness quickly.  The ammonia irritates the lining of the nose, stimulating the trigeminal nerve and triggering the sympathetic nervous system whereby heart rate increases and lung function improves so the level of alertness rises exponentially.

Are smelling salts legal?

Yes, but have been at times banned in boxing.  Ammonium carbonate has been controversial in boxing, not because of its “enhancing” effects, but rather its “masking effects”.  If one is delirious or dizzy after a blow to the head, he should sit out the rest of the match as opposed to sniffing the salts and “waking up” when at risk for serious head injury.

How are they used?

When the salts are diluted they can be inhaled, and most products come in solution form.  They work immediately and many athletes use them before the game and after certain plays if they need a “pick me up”.

How dangerous are smelling salts?

Since the amount of ammonia used is such a minute amount, we’ve rarely seen serious side effects with smelling salts.  Nasal irritation is one of them as the close contact can upset the delicate nasal mucosa.  So players are recommended to hold it at a distance from their nose and not directly next to it.  The solution should not touch the skin and if it does make contact with eyes, it could cause burning and blindness.  Frequent use could possibly induce a tolerance to the salt requiring even more frequent use.  Heavy inhalation can cause lung damage, but again the doses usually used are small.  If someone starts to become flushed in the face, we’re concerned they may have an underlying blood pressure or heart issue.

Are there risks to frequent use of smelling salts?

No, but then again it hasn’t been studied to the degree it needs to.  The other concern when I see a player frequently use smelling salts is the “why?”.  The pre-game “pep up” is understandable but not entirely necessary if one’s adrenaline is already rushing. But after a play when one receives a blow to the head, as in football, it helps wake them up when the player should possibly be pulled out and evaluated under concussion protocol.  Smelling salts, as stated previously, could mask a serious injury.  And if someone has a bleed in the brain, it can accelerate the flow.

Ezekiel Elliot is one of my favorite players (GO COWBOYS!!!). But his frequent blows to the head concerns me, especially when we see him so frequently use smelling salts.  The use of smelling salts has now become a ritual in sports, especially football, but with the recent attention placed on head injuries, I predict players in the future may not be allowed to self-treat, not because of its toxicity but because of its ability to mask a serious issue.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict this week’s winners

Here we go! Picks in bold.

Bengals

Browns (will be CLOSE but too many groin injuries for the Steelers)

Cowboys (they’re my team so to heck with the groin injury)

Lions

Titans

Buccaneers (close but Chiefs have a groin injury)

Cardinals

Giants

Dolphins

Patriots

Seahawks

Redskins

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict this week’s winners

We’ve been calling them well each week.  Week 9 will be tough as many good teams are facing huge injuries.  Here we go! Picks in bold.

Broncos

Steelers

Cowboys (both have groin injuries but the Brown’s also report a concussion)

Jaguars (I know it sounds crazy but the Chiefs had a groin injury)

Jets

Lions

Giants (too close to call since the multiple concussions could offset the Eagle’s groin injury)

Rams (a close one but the Panthers has two groin injuries)

49’ers (I love the Saints but the Injury report tells all)

Packers (close – groin and concussions all around unfortunatley)

Chargers

Seahawks

 

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict this week’s winners

We’ve done pretty well in season’s past.  Here we go! Picks in bold.

 

Week 8

Bengals (too many groin injuries listed for the Redskins)

Falcons (same reason with the Packer injury report)

Patriots

Jets

Texans – but too close to call

Chiefs

Seahawks

Raiders – but too close to call

Broncos

Cardinals

Cowboys

 

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician