Isaac
Years ago

Damian Martin out 6-8 weeks

Wildcats:

Damian Martin will have surgery on broken jaw today in Perth. If successful, he will miss 6-8 weeks.
Wow, that is rough. And sounds like a best-case?

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Naph  
Years ago

You'd normally expect the jaw to be wired shut for 4-6 weeks. Athletes tend to lose 5-10% of their body weight whilst their jaw is wired shut. Then you're typically looking at 1-2 months after the jaw is unwired before returning to sport. 6-8 weeks sounds pretty optimistic. At the college level this is often a season-ending injury.

http://www.sportsmd.com/concussions-head-injuries/broken-jaw-mandibular-fracture/

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Train  
Years ago

Good thing the Cats have "New Smile Dental" on board as a corporate sponsor.

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Matthew  
Years ago

Yeah I dont think he will be back this season.

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Happy Days  
Years ago

No mouthguard....could of saved his teeth and jaw!!!

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Bear  
Years ago

Normally I would say a mouth-guard would have saved some part of the injury Happy Days, I don't know if he was wearing one but the way the elbow struck his mouth in that downward motion it may not have prevented anything in this case.

I stand corrected of course, just the way it looked to have occurred, a mouth-guard usually protects the top teeth and cushions a blow from above somewhat, but a direct hit to the jaw and bottom teeth not so much...

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Isaac  
Years ago

Looked like he was wearing a mouthguard when I was watching the game. Seemed to remove it and see how much blood and how many teeth were in it!

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WNBL fan  
Years ago

I agree , it seems the elbow was traveling down onto the bottom jaw as martin was pushing forward into the contact, with the elbow not moving horizontally towards the face where the mouthguard would have spread the impact across all the teeth and both the top and bottom jaw.

seems like a real fluke contact with rally bad consequences .

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