Injury Boom

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

It was a busy weekend of basketball. Now, it looks to be a busy week for local doctors.

Twenty thousand people attended the Macker tournament this past weekend, but here's some even more impressive numbers: 150 used ice packs, 25 very busy medical professionals, and about 200 injured athletes.

Dr. William Jarvis heads up the first aid tent at the tournament. He says it was a busy weekend and this week won't be much different.

"I talked to my receptionist this morning and they said the phone was ringing off the hook, so we'll see an increased number of injuries from the Gus Macker."

Jarvis works at the Bone and Joint Clinic at the Wausau Hospital, where his colleagues have already treated a few patients dealing with Macker-related injuries.

Most of the injuries are minor scrapes or twisted ankles, but Jarvis warns some athletes may be nursing injuries that are worse than they think.

"If you have persistent pain or swelling or some other symptom that's not going away, then I think that's something that should be checked out."

The Gus Macker may only last two days, but it seems many of the athletes will be feeling the effects for a lot longer.

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