Surgical Goals - consults with a Sports Surgeon

Professor Gordon Mackay

Surgical Goals is a unique podcast looking at sports injuries, it is hosted by expert Professor Gordon Mackay, a specialist sports orthopaedic surgeon, and broadcaster Jennifer Reoch who will be asking the questions you all want answers to. Together they explore the world of sports injury, treatments, rehab, and recovery. From Olympians to weekend warriors they will be talking to guests from all sporting disciplines from football to skiing, golf to rugby, learning not only how they managed their own injuries and recoveries but also finding out what impact this had on their sporting careers. In other episodes, experts in other fields of sports medicine and rehab will join them to discuss how advances in technology and treatments are helping to accelerate athletes' recoveries.Conversations range from the light-hearted to the more serious and along the way it is hoped listeners pick up tips, not only about how to deal with your own injuries for a return to sport and activity but even better, find out what you can do to prevent injury in the first place.

Netball superstar Claire Maxwell on netball's rise, ankle injury & juggling sport and motherhood
Jun 10 2022
Netball superstar Claire Maxwell on netball's rise, ankle injury & juggling sport and motherhood
Claire Maxwell, still better known in netball circles by her maiden name Brownie, is one of the finest netball players Scotland has ever produced. Gaining over 90 caps she has been a vital part of making the national squad competitive on a world stage. In this brilliant episode, she chats about what it really takes to become an elite athlete while holding down a  day job, overcoming a serious injury, and the reality of returning to top-level after becoming a Mum. Claire grew up in an ultra-sporty family playing netball alongside her own Mum and sister but she still recalls the exact moment the seeds of her future sporting career were sown and how she set out to achieve them. Of course it didn't happen overnight and listening you get a real sense of the drive and energy required to make it at this level.Her sights were set on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 when an old ankle injury reared its head. Ignoring it for as long as she could Claire eventually realised she needed to fix it and saw Prof Mackay back in 2013 when his new InternalBracing technique was in its infancy. Claire chose the surgery as it offered her the only realistic chance of rehabbing in time to make the Games. Prof Mackay for his part, recalls the op only too well as it was more complicated than initial presentations and he knew the timeline was tight.As a keen netball player, Jennifer & Claire chat about the sport's increasing popularity and its evolution as it aims to become an Olympic discipline.It is also fascinating to listen to Claire talk honestly about the expections versus reality of returning to elite-level sport following pregnancy and motherhood.All in all a brilliant episode with an amazing athlete.Don't miss it!
Mark Reynolds: Footballer harnesses competitive nature to recover from ACL rupture
May 27 2022
Mark Reynolds: Footballer harnesses competitive nature to recover from ACL rupture
It's every football player's nightmare - rupturing your ACL but when Mark Reynolds ruptured his while playing for Aberdeen FC, because the initial pain subsided quickly he didn't realise the extent of the injury. The team physio was worried though and scans revealed the rupture. Find out how Mark found surgery, rehab and recovery.With an incredible football career that began by walking onto the pitch for his home team Motherwell, to playing for Sheffield Wednesday, Aberdeen, Dundee, and now Cove Rangers it was brilliant to welcome Mark to Surgical Goals. During such a long career it was inevitable there would be injuries and Mark ruptured his ACL and shoulder AC joint. He explains to us how the injuries happened and what they felt like at the time and then how his recoveries went.Both times Mark referred to Prof Mackay and had InternalBrace surgery as he was keen for minimum down-time and the technique offers an accelerated recovery. It is really interesting listening to Mark explain how he then turned his ultra-competitive nature into acing his rehab with the help of Adam Stokes and the club physio team.This leads us to a fascinating conversation about the insecurity of sport as a career and Mark, also a qualified engineer, is only too aware of this, and he is a vocal advocate of allowing young players to also follow academic dreams. Another really fascinating episode of Surgical Goals.
Ankle injury in sport - recognise, treat and prevent it
May 9 2022
Ankle injury in sport - recognise, treat and prevent it
We've all done it - rolled an ankle, it's agony, quickly goes an impressive black and blue so you strap it up and sit on the sofa watching boxsets for a couple of days before resuming life and sport as if nothing had happened. But, in this episode we ask, should we all be taking ankle injuries more seriously?In this episode listen in to your very own ankle injury consultation with sports surgeon Prof Gordon Mackay and Jennifer Reoch. Because it is such a common injury, not just in sport but in everyday life, we tend not to take ankle injury too seriously but this can cause problems and some more severe injuries can remain undiagnosed and untreated. The pair discuss how that is possible and why sometimes you can even return to high-level sport without realising the extent of the damage. So they discuss how to recognise this may be the case for you and knowing how and when to seek professional advice. They analyse the mechanics of the ankle joint, why is it so prone to injury, the sports that put it under the most pressure, and the different injuries that occur. They also talk about how you can avoid ankle injury and chat over some common preventative methods such as strapping - does it really help and how and when should you use it?Some are put off seeking further treatment by the thought of a lengthy layoff during recovery but Prof Mackay touches on more modern treatments available which can mean an accelerated recovery these days.If you need to know more about ankle injuries download this episode of Surgical Goals today.
Tackling sudden cardiac arrest in sport with Dr Jonny Gordon
Apr 21 2022
Tackling sudden cardiac arrest in sport with Dr Jonny Gordon
Newly appointed National Team Doctor for Scotland's football squad, Dr Jonny Gordon has a special interest in sudden cardiac arrest in sport, he answers all our questions about how and why it can happen in seemingly fit and healthy athletes. When Christian Eriksen collapsed during Denmark's Euro 2021 opener with Finland, the footballing world watched on in horror before cameras cut away when pitchside medics swung into action to save him. Remarkably Eriksen not only survived his sudden cardiac arrest but is now playing again.  Someone who knows a great deal about sudden cardiac arrest in sport is our guest Dr Jonny Gordon,  team Doc for the Scottish FA. Jonny has been responsible for developing further understanding of Sudden Cardiac Death in sport (SCD)  and in the training of sports medics in emergency treatment. He has even invented a specialist pitchside treatment kit which has been adopted by FIFA.Jonny may be a team doc but his 'day-job' is as an A&E Consultant in a busy Glasgow hospital and he explains how these roles combine his passion for medicine and sport.  Previously team doc at Celtic, he was also Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and has for many years worked with a giant of sports medicine, Dr John MacLean. Everyone has questions about cardiac arrest in sport and Jonny explains why it can happen, even in fit and healthy athletes who have previously been screened. He also offers invaluable tips on what you can do if someone collapses nearby, how to recognise if it is a heart atttack and simple steps you can immediately take to help.On a lighter note, Prof Mackay recalls how the pair met as members of an unlikely football squad Jennifer wants the lowdown on Scotland's chances in the World Cup - you heard it here on Surgical Goals!
Celtic's John Kennedy - take nothing for granted - the horror tackle and knee injury that changed his life
Apr 1 2022
Celtic's John Kennedy - take nothing for granted - the horror tackle and knee injury that changed his life
Today John Kennedy is the highly respected Assistant Manager at Celtic but back when he was just 16 he was the club's rising star and at the age of 20 was called up to play in his first International for Scotland. It was 15 minutes into this game against Romania when a dangerous tackle left him with a devastating knee injury that was to change the course of his career.  In this episode of Surgical Goals, John talks candidly about his journey from that moment of tragedy, and the long battle that followed that ultimately led him to where he is today.In the immediate aftermath of the tackle, John recalls thinking he had broken his leg, but it was to be more complicated than that. Scans showed a complete dislocation of the joint with only his medial ligament left holding it all together. He remembers seeing various medical professionals, including Professor Mackay, but this was 20-years-ago and in the UK treatment for such a severe injury was in its infancy. As it was a more common injury in the US amongst NFL players the club flew John to the world-famous Steadman Clinic in Colorado where Dr Richard Steadman himself carried out the first of many operations on John's knee.Unfortunately, Dr Steadman explained John would need surgery in stages and that his recovery and rehab would take a long time but, with the help of his club and his ever-supportive family, John describes in detail how he battled on and eventually returned to play, although it was not to last.In this utterly absorbing episode, John reveals what it's like to be young, to have the sporting world at your feet only to have it all snatched away. But his is not a story of what might have been, it is a story of quiet strength, determination, and ultimately, triumph.
Anna Vincenti, former freestyle skier - how becoming the 'Rehab Queen' made her stronger
Mar 28 2022
Anna Vincenti, former freestyle skier - how becoming the 'Rehab Queen' made her stronger
Imagine flying through the air carrying out huge aerial jumps and flips - much like a pro skateboarder but this time the park is covered in icy snow, not concrete. Welcome to the high-octane sport of freestyle skiing and multi-talented athlete Anna Vincenti - who, we should add, is also a top-class football player and now boxer as well. During her ski-career Anna picked up several bad injuries but she used her rehab each time to work on getting stronger and fitter.Anna was already playing football for Hibs and Scotland when she was seen fearlessly flipping through the air during a skiing camp. The guy watching happened to be a Team GB coach and he immediately talent-spotted Anna who switched full-time to concentrate on freestyle skiing. Anna made Team GB and went on to compete in World Championships and was on course for her first Winter Olympics. Although Anna excelled in this high-risk sport, she also started picking up injuries as do most freestyle skiers. She chats candidly to Professor Gordon Mackay and Jennifer Reoch for Surgical Goals about her injury roll-call, starting from early thumb damage to much more serious knee injuries including ACL and meniscus damage and culminating in tearing all the ligaments in her shoulder. Having carried out several of Anna's surgeries Professor Mackay has been an integral part of her journey. Each injury required hours of rehab during which Anna enjoyed working on increasing her physical strength but mentally she found she began to have blocks about doing some of the more dangerous freestyle aerials like cannons. She decided to switch back to her first love, football, but during one rehab found herself longing again for a sport that really pushed her. She has found that in Boxing and says she is now stronger and fitter than she has ever been and is loving her new challenge which has included a sparring session with former WBO Champion Alex Arthur. She is not done with her football either and is currently signed for Celtic.An amazing episode with an athlete who never lets injury get her down and is always one to watch.
Rugby legend Chris Paterson - playing on with a ruptured kidney in his 100th cap game
Mar 17 2022
Rugby legend Chris Paterson - playing on with a ruptured kidney in his 100th cap game
Former Scotland Captain and rugby legend Chris Paterson and former Scotland and Lions physio Stuart Barton, join us for this episode. Over a long career, Chris was lucky to avoid a lot of injuries but he picked up a couple of serious ones which he talks about here. Stuart was part of the fantastic rehab room team working to get him back to strength.Chris talks to Surgical Goals about his amazing journey - from a rugby-mad Border's lad to playing in four World Cups. Throughout his playing career, he suffered remarkably few injuries, although he describes how he dealt with and recovered from two of the most significant ones, including a kidney rupture - rare even in the full-contact game of rugby.As team physio Stuart worked alongside Chris supporting his training and rehab. Chris shares how he altered his training and pre-hab regime to reduce the risk of injury as he got older while remaining a fiercely competitive top-level player. For his part, Stuart recalls the job he loved, and the pair reminisce about the camaraderie at Murrayfield and discuss how rugby has evolved into the game as we know it today. We hear of Chris's current involvement in coaching including with the Women's squad for whom Chris predicts great success. With their insider knowledge Stuart and Chris give us an amazing insight into the life of a pro rugby player.For a humorous insight into the lighter side of squad life catch a listen to our short second episode. Also available now.
Ice-man Sam Blanchet -  Bobsleigh king who beat an Achilles rupture
Mar 9 2022
Ice-man Sam Blanchet - Bobsleigh king who beat an Achilles rupture
Having given your all playing rugby at the highest level and then to find you are at a point where injuries are hampering you and affecting your love for the sport what do you do? Retire gracefully or take up a dangerous new sport and aim to be an Olympian? If you are former England 7s, Exeter Chiefs, and Bedford Blues rugby star Sam Blanchet of course you choose the latter option.  When too many injuries, including repeated concussions, saw Sam side-lined one time too often, he lost heart and decided what he needed was an exciting new sporting challenge. After getting in touch with the English Institute of Sport he attended a trials day where he excelled in one sport in particular – bobsleigh.  So, what exactly does it feel like to hurtle down an ice track in a bobsleigh at up to 150mph? Few of us know,  or even want to know, but we can all guess that it is not for the faint-hearted. During the switchover of sports the challenges were immense and Sam confesses that even he found it terrifying in the beginning.  Anyone who knows him though will know that as an elite athlete he has that drive, dedication and cool head required for such top-level sport. It comes as no surprise to hear how he rose to the challenge - taking to the rigorous training schedule and relishing the adventure in the company of his new team-mates. His rugby background meant he was fast and strong and with nerves of steel he trained hard and became what is known as a brakeman. The brakeman either pushes from the back and puts the brakes on if competing in a two-man sled or pushes from the side handle in a four-man sled. It requires hours of lifting and running training to be at the top level so not surprisingly many bobsleigh team members are former sprinters.  Sam went on to compete in World Championships, was a reserve athlete at the 2018 Winter Olympics and was on track in 2020/21 for the Beijing Games in Feb 22 when disaster struck.  He ruptured his Achilles tendon while competing in St Moritz in Jan 2021. This is a serious injury and Sam knew it was going to leave him struggling to recover in time to make the Games.  On the advice from former Team GB bobsleigh medal winner, John Jackson, who had suffered the same injury,  he called Professor Mackay and decided to have the same surgery.  When John had his InternalBrace surgery the technique was fairly new but it had offered a unique accelerated recovery rate which saw him rehabbed and competing in the Sochi Olympics in less than 8 months.  Like the absolute professional he is Sam spent all of 2021 rehabbing and pushing his training to the limit to make the team selections for Beijing. In this episode of Surgical Goals he tells Jennifer and Professor Mackay about his journey so far and his hopes for the future.