SALT LAKE CITY (June 8, 2016) – The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks : Burks underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to clean out debris from his left knee and ankle. The outpatient procedure was performed in Salt Lake City by Jazz head orthopaedic team physician Dr. Travis Maak, and ankle and foot specialist Dr. Charles L. Saltzman, the chair of the department of orthopaedics at University of Utah Health Care.
Burks is expected to be ready prior to the start of 2016-17 Jazz training camp.The fifth-year guard averaged 13.3 points on a career-best 40.5 percent three-point shooting, with 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.7 minutes per game during the 2015-16 season. He was originally selected by the Jazz in the first round (12th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
Researchers of this database study discovered significantly higher rates of infection, venous thromboembolism and subsequent reconstruction within 90 days following arthroscopic-assisted anterior ACL reconstruction among patients who used tobacco compared with non-tobacco users.
Fibrocartilage tissue in the knee is comprised of a more varied molecular structure than researchers previously appreciated, according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware. Their work informs ways to better treat such injuries as knee meniscus tears – treatment of which are the most common orthopaedic surgery in the United States — and age-related tissue degeneration, both of which can have significant socioeconomic and quality-of-life costs. The team published their work this week online ahead of print in Nature Materials.
In the world of American football, there is a stigma that players need to increase their overall body size to make an impact on the field. But, new research from a Grand Valley State University movement science professor and one of his students suggests that being bigger doesn’t mean being better—or healthier.
Men have many reasons to add high-impact and resistance training to their exercise regimens; these reasons include building muscle and shedding fat. Now a University of Missouri researcher has determined another significant benefit to these activities: building bone mass. The study found that individuals who continuously participated in high-impact activities, such as jogging and tennis, during adolescence and young adulthood, had greater hip and lumbar spine bone mineral density than those who did not.
More than 1 million young athletes play high school football and this year alone there have been 11 football related deaths.
Doctor Travis Maak with the University of Utah is here to shed some light on the issue and to answer the question — is high school football too dangerous?
Hans Olsen was joined by Dr Travis Maak (pronounced ‘Mack’) on Thursday night for another edition of Doc Talk. Dr Maak is the Head Orthopedic Team Physician for the Utah Jazz, as well as a team physician for University of Utah Athletics.
SALT LAKE CITY (August 6, 2015) – The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Danté Exum:
Exum suffered a left knee injury on Aug. 4 while competing for the Australian National Team in a game against the Slovenian National Team in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After returning to Salt Lake City, he underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at University of Utah Health Care’s Orthopaedic Center this morning. Following the examination, Jazz physicians Dr. Travis Maak and Dr. David Petron determined that Exum sustained a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.
The Utah Jazz have not and will not challenge for a playoff spot this season, but the team has still had a fairly successful campaign so far in new head coach Quin Snyder’s first season. With players like Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and others, the Jazz boast one of the best collections of young talent in the league. They’re not especially good yet, but they’re growing together game by game.
It now looks as if one of those players is going to have to progress at a different rate than the rest of his teammates. The team announced Tuesday that shooting guard Burks will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season after undergoing surgery for an injured left shoulder. From the press release:
Travis Maak, MD, performed shoulder surgery on Utah Jazz’s Alec Burks, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
Mr. Burks, a shooting guard with the Jazz, injured his left shoulder recently and underwent the procedure today at the University of Utah. Dr. Maak is a team physician for the Jazz and expects Mr. Burks to return to the team in time for 2015 training camp.
Dr. Maak is an assistant professor in orthopedic surgery at the University of Utah and previously served as an assistant team physician for the New York Giants during his fellowship. He earned his medical degree at Yale School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He also completed a sports medicine fellowship at HSS.