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Punks in Football, X-Ray Spectator

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My favorite players as a kid discovering football at the start of the 90s were, for the most part, an illustrious bunch. Indeed, many of them still rank as true all-time greats. Maradona, of course, and his compatriot Claudio Caniggia; the Dutch trio of Rijkaard, Gullit and Van Basten, Roberto Baggio, Carlos Valderama and Stuart Pearce.

Ruud Gullit. ooh that hair!

Pearce looks like the odd one out in the group.

A quality player, no doubt, but certainly not among the greats. He is also the most defensive, least technically gifted player on the list. One of the things that attracted me to football, however, was the imagery. Great photos in newspapers and magazines captivated me long before I had the patience for a 90 minute game. And it was photos – or quite often stickers – that led me to the players mentioned above. Gullit graced the cover of my Italia 90 sticker folder (the Orbis one – none of your Panini crap for me). He looks to be just about getting the better of Chris Hughton in a touchline race to the ball. The pitch-side running track somehow seems to emphasise their speed. He looks terrific: with his dreadlocks bouncing off his shoulders. In fact weird hair and weirder names had a lot to do with my favorites. Rijkaard and Valderama had both. Caniggio added a chunky gold chain to his distinctive look. I now have the sense to see that he looks a bit of an idiot but I didn’t need hindsight to know that Baggio’s barnet was beyond dodgy. None-the-less, I loved him for it and his poster adorned my bedroom wall for a while. Then there were the thrilling moments of sublime skill captured by the photographers. I must have looked at Marco Van Basten, both feet in the air, his body contorted, as he scored against Russia in the Euro 88 final, a hundred times before I ever saw a video of the strike. Maradona and his photos could have had a book of their own. Running at full stretch the ball seemingly glued to his boot, standing off in front of six beleaguered Belgians and of course out-jumping Shilton for the hand of God.

Which brings us to Pearce. His hair was dull in the extreme and his name wasn’t much better. Photos of Pearce displaying fancy footwork or dazzling skill are a little thin on the ground. But there were plenty photos of him bellowing orders, fists clenched, fury in his eyes and a blood vessel about to pop on his forehead. There were some good blood shots too. Nothing like Steve Bull levels of ridiculousness but a nice trickle coming down his face. Some of the others introduced me to football style, panache and skill but Pearce embodied dedication and passion. It was clear when you looked at some of those pictures that this was a serious business. It wasn’t always fun and it wasn’t always pretty. It meant something.

Stuart Pearce. Manager and punk rocker.

And so I was delighted, years later, when Pearce signed for Newcastle. It was about that time that I was really getting into a few punk bands too and I took an interest in Pearce’s musical taste after seeing an interview in some footy rag. You see, Psycho (as we was affectionately known) was not just passionate about footy but was quite the punk rocker. I remember the two page spread pictured him sitting in a room full of classic 7 inches and LPs. In his hand he held his favorite album: Stiff Little Fingers‘ Inflammable Material. I had heard and loved Suspect Device at this stage but there and then I put the album at the top of my shopping list. He talked about getting ready to take the field by pumping “White Riot” and other classic and jumping around the dressing room. Even Brian Clough was a little scared. This was the kind of music I was looking for and the feature really encouraged me to take a greater interest in classic UK punk bands.

Psycho’s association with punk is well known and he even wrote the following note in the liner notes of The Clash singles box set:

“Back then I didn’t went to hear any slow songs or any ballads; I just wanted something fast and loud that I could sing along to and jump up and down on the bed with a baseball bat like a complete idiot.”

Apparently, Pearce regularly went to see his favorite bands such as SLF, the Stranglers, 999, GBH and the Lurkers (he is even visible on the sleeve of one of the Lurkers live albums in the midst of a frenzied crowd).

But what about other punk footballers? Alas, they seem few and far between. Footballers are famous for their terrible taste in music. Steven Gerrard ended up in court for insisting (a little too forcefully) that a DJ play some more Phil Collins. And don’t get me started on their attempts at becoming pop stars. Kevin Keegan, Gazza, John Barnes and Andy Cole really should have let their feet do the talking. However there have been some notable exceptions

Unidentified footballer. Punk rocker trading cards?

Scotsman Pat Nevin was a mercurial and talented winger who spent his best years at Chelsea and Everton. Nevin’s taste in music is also quite well known; Not least because his Chelsea teammates were famous for complaining about his selections on the team bus stereo. Apparently he was banned from even approaching it after once playing a Jesus and Mary Chain tape. The Fall, Joy Division and Sonic Youth were other favorites. He loved going to gigs and was regularly seen hanging out with John Peel. In fact, he once asked the Chelsea manager to sub him off at half-time of a pre-season friendly because he wanted to go to a gig. Perhaps Nevin is best remembered by left-leaning football fans for his outspoken views on racism and terrace violence which he wrote about regularly while writing for the Chelsea newspaper.

Details are quite a bit more shady when it comes to Pat’s countryman, the legendary Ayr and Motherwell goalkeeper, Hugh Sproat. Sproat proudly declared: “I am a punk rocker” when asked why he tried to wear a razor blade as an earring during a game. Sproat was a well-known rebel and was famous for his choice of jersey for games against the Old Firm. His regular jersey was red but he always wore green when playing Rangers and blue when playing Celtic; Earning this advice from Jock Stein: “take that jersey off son, there’s enough loonies out there without you winding them up.”

Of course any talk of football and punk would be incomplete without mentioning St. Pauli and they also have a goalkeeper to add to this short list. Perhaps I’m stretching it here a little as I’m quite unsure of Volker Ippig’s musical tastes but he must have heard some punk-rock while living in a squat on Hamburg’s famous Hafenstrasse. Ippig was another leftist and decided to live amongst the squatters and punks that filled the Millerntor stadium on matchdays. I’m sure that on a few occasions he wandered downstairs to a raucous gig in full swing.

Another player with punk credentials is former Northern Ireland international Ian Stewart. Ian managed to find time to publish a couple of issues of a zine (Anarchy in the UK) while playing on the wing at various clubs such as Millwall, QPR and Newcastle. Gaizka Mendietta, the classy Spain and Valencia midfielder, was also a keen punk who regularly enthused about the Stooges and other early punk bands. So much so in fact, that an interview with 4-4-2 magazine was scrapped because the player made so many references to Funhouse and talked about little else.

Perhaps this is the week in which punks have finally risen to the top of English society as Stuart Pearce is probably going to be handed the biggest job in English football (at least on a temporary basis). Surely something for punk football fans to savor.

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Football Tips: What to do about a Dislocated Shoulder

O-Posts Football Tips: What to do about a Dislocated Shoulder

Football Tips: What to do about a Dislocated Shoulder
  • Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Opinion, Tips
  • By O-Posts Team
  • May 9, 2015
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A dislocated shoulder is an extremely painful injury that involves the upper arm coming out of the cup-shaped socket on the shoulder blade. You normally cannot move your affected arm until it pops back into the socket, which is when the intense pain from the injury commences. Sometimes the arm or shoulder muscles will begin twitching from the injury, leading to intense pain. Unfortunately, dislocating your shoulder can make you more likely to suffer more shoulder injuries in the future.

If you suspect that you have dislocated your shoulder, do not attempt to pop the joint back into place. You should instead stabilize the joint with a makeshift splint until you can see a doctor. Attempting to realign the shoulder joint can injure the blood vessels, muscles, nerves or ligaments, creating even more problems. You should also apply ice to the shoulder and upper arm, helping slow any internal bleeding and reduce swelling in the area.

You can dislocate your shoulder in any direction it can move, and the dislocation can be either partial or complete. People who play contact sports, participate in gymnastics, snow skiing, soccer or football, volleyball or snowboarding are likely to dislocate their shoulder. Shoulder dislocations are also common in car accidents or from slip and fall injuries around the home. For a reason not entirely understood, men are more prone to shoulder dislocations than women, particularly men in their late teens or twenties.

Doctors have several tools at their disposal to not only confirm that your shoulder has been dislocated, but to also examine the extent of your injury. An x-ray gives doctors a clear view of the effected bones, allowing them to see if any have been broken as a result of the injury. An EMG or electromyography tests the electrical activity in the arm and shoulder’s muscles, helping to detect any nerve damage from the shoulder dislocation. An MRI allows doctors to get an inside view of any soft tissue damage to the shoulder or arm.

To remedy a dislocated shoulder, a doctor might give you a muscle relaxant or mild sedative before gently manipulating the shoulder bones back together. Depending on the extent of your injury, a doctor might place your arm in a specialized sling or splint to limit your shoulder’s mobility, helping with pain and the recovery process. You might also be given a prescription for a painkiller and muscle relaxant to help you stay comfortable while your body mends itself.

After several weeks of recovery, the doctor might then order you to a physical therapist to help you regain full movement and strengthen the joint against future injury. People who experience repeat should dislocations might need to undergo surgery to correct the problem.

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Alcorcon vs Getafe Match Preview, Copa Del Rey Football Tips, BettingTips4you

Alcorcon vs Getafe Match Preview | Copa Del Rey Football Tips

Alcorcon vs Getafe – Copa del Rey.

Estadio Santo Domingo, Alcorcon – 8 September 2016, 21:00.

Match Preview and Betting Tips.

Getafe will start the competition in Copa del Rey in the second round for the first time in a while, having been relegated to Segunda Division last season. They will thus play their first head to head matches with Alcorcon this season. The very first one is scheduled to end the second round of Copa del Rey on Thursday evening at Estadio Santo Domingo in Alcorcon.

The hosts were unlucky to avoid the promotional playoffs spots last season in Segunda Division just by goal difference. They had the same number of points as Osasuna who ended 6 th and earned the promotion at the end. The manager was blamed for the failure, so famous Romainian left back Cosmin Contra took charge of the team in June this year, which is his second term in Getafe. Contra did not start the season in the wanted way, having won just two points from three starting rounds. The team finally managed to score a goal in Segunda Division this Sunday when David Rodriguez gave them an early advantage over Numancia in a 1 – 1 draw.

Getafe on the other side played three draws with Mirandes, Numancia and Reus Deportiu at the start of the new campaign. This is surely not the start Juan Esnaider has hoped for, which basically means that both teams will be under huge pressure to go through to the third round of Copa del Rey and to fix the poor impression from the opening matches in Segunda.

With the awful form shown by both teams’ striker at the beginning of the new campaign, there is just no other betting option but Under 2,5 goals given at the odds of 1/2. Braver punters can even try with a goalless draw at the odds of 11/2.

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Abdominal X-ray and CT

  • work out whether small or large bowel.
  • work out transition point between dilated and collapsed bowel (start at rectum and work backwards).

  • coffee bean sign = distended segment of large bowel folded back on itself so that the twisted loops causes two compartments with a central double wall ending in the apex of the twist

  • large bowel dilation in pelvis but not coffee bean in appearance
  • sigmoid and rectum normal on CT
  • “whirl sign” – direct visualisation of the twisted segment of bowel

Bowel perforation in ICU

  • difficult to get erect CXR
  • perform a left lateral AXR -> can see free air under diaphragm and above liver
  • gas on xray may persist for 7/7 post laparotomy
  • supine AXR:

-> Riglers sign: both inner and outer borders of bowel well defined

-> football sign: air outlines the entire peritoneal cavity with a football shape

-> interloop triangular lucency: triangle of gas between two loops of bowel and abdominal wall

-> subhepatic air: RUQ outlines the inferior border of liver

-> falciform ligament outlined by air: vertical soft tissue density between umbilicus and notch between left and right lobes of liver

Renal injury assessment

  • requires an early phase to assess vascular sufficiency/parenchyma and late phase to assess for extravasation of urine.

  • primary (idiopathic or benign)
  • secondary (bowel necrosis, bowel obstruction, IBD, immunosuppression, trauma)

  • area involved (head, body, tail)
  • enhancement -> degree of necrosis
  • fat stranding
  • look for cause: gall stones (not often seen) or dilated CBD
  • look for complications: fluid collections, pseudocysts, abscesses, pseudoaneurysm, haemorrhage

(1) anteroposterior compression (external rotation of the hemipelvis)

(2) lateral compression (internal rotation of hemipelvix)

(3) vertical shear

(4) complex (a combination of multiple patterns of force)

  • if there is more than 2.5cm of pubic rami diastasis there must be additional injury to the posterior ligaments.

  • -small bowel: more central, plicae circularis (circumferential)
  • large bowel: more peripheral, haustra (not circumferential)
  • if bowel obstruction seen look for: free air, pneumatosis intestinalis and/or gas in portal vein
  • if caecum exceeds 12 cm in diameter -> high risk of perforation and decompression should be considered
  • if small bowel > 3cm = distended
  • placing the film on lung windows can demonstrate subtle evidence of intra-abdominal free gas

References and Links

  • James. The Abdominal Radiograph. Ulster Med J 2013;82(3):179-187 [Free Full Text]
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