Peyton Manning and the Fog of Injury Terminology

January 22, 2015 by Todd Christman
Was it a strain? A tear? In his latest column, John Doherty looks at the injury Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning suffered and the lack of clarity when it came to identifying it.
Against the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 14, Manning supposedly strained his right quadriceps. In the aftermath of the loss to the Colts, though, other stories started seeping out.
The injury was no everyday strain. It apparently was a torn rectus femoris muscle, one of the four that make up the quadriceps in the front of the thigh, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Meanwhile, the Broncos stuck by their story that the right quadriceps was only “strained,” and Manning was safe to play.
Adding further to the fog was NBC’s Mike Florio who wrote — in defense of the Broncos’ skillful syntax, “It’s important to note that there’s no difference between a strain and a tear.”
Come again?
You can read the full version of this article in The Times. John Doherty is a licensed athletic trainer and physical therapist. This column reflects solely his opinion. Reach him at Follow him on Twitter @JDohertyATCPT.