Injuries on the Rise Among Youth Baseball Players

Dr. Geoff Collins Is the Sole Lake Charles Physician for Tommy John Surgery 

It’s prime time for America’s past time. The major league baseball season begins March 29, and our youth have already taken to the field in their home towns across Louisiana and the country. Youth baseball and softball is the No. 1 team sport in the country, and participation is on the rise. Today’s youth are spending more time focusing on the sport than ever before, with school teams, little leagues and elite traveling teams. But with this increase in play, there is increase in injury.

One of the most common injuries for pitchers is damage to their Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL). A UCL tear is typically gradual from overuse, but it can happen in a single traumatic event. Pain on the inside of the elbow is the most common symptom and can be verified with an MRI. Treatment ranges from rest or could require physical therapy or surgery at Collins Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Lake Charles.

A major league baseball player, Tommy John, made this injury famous when in 1974 he underwent UCL reconstruction surgery. Today, orthopaedic surgeons perform Tommy John surgery, a procedure in which a healthy tendon extracted from an arm (or a leg) replaces the injured arm’s torn ligament. Specializing in sports medicine, Dr. Geoff Collins is one of only a couple surgeons in Southwest LA specifically trained in the Tommy John surgery.

In 1976, just two years after surgery, Tommy John was named Comeback Player of the Year and made three more All-Star appearances. He went on to win more than 164 games, and today his total victories of 288 rank as the seventh highest in major league history. Today, nearly one-third of MLB pitchers as well as many collegiate and youth athletes have undergone Tommy John surgery.

Dr. Geoff Collins has a special affinity for throwing athletes and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Miami. He served as a fellow team physician for the University of Miami, Florida International University, the Miami Dolphins football team and the Florida Marlins MLB team. Dr. Collins is passionate about getting his patients back to playing the sports they love and getting you back in the game. Call 337-508-0356 or click

And for all you baseball fans out there,  here is the 2018 MLB schedule . Batter up!


The Key to an Injury-Free Basketball Season


March Madness is in full effect, and tournament brackets are circulating through the office. Not only is basketball dominating our televisions, but the warm weather is drawing even the most casual fans of the sport outside to play. As we age even into our 30s and 40s, stiffening in our tendons and ligaments can cause increased injuries, especially the Achilles tendon and the ACL which are key in playing basketball. The Achilles is attached to the heel bone and the calf muscle, and the ACL attaches our femur to the tibia through the knee. A very important ligament, the ACL gives our knee stability while the Achilles allows us to run, shoot and rebound in basketball.

In order to prevent injuries in what might be just an innocent pick-up game, be sure to stretch, warm up properly and wear supportive shoes. Frequent exercise to strengthen the ankles, knees and legs is also imperative to staying healthy and fit and mitigating risk for injury.

If you do happen to be injured on the court or hear the notorious snap of a ruptured Achilles, Dr. Geoff Collins at Collins Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Lake Charles is here for you. ACL and Achilles injuries can be severe and often require surgery. Your recovery requires physical therapy and can take up to six months to regain your strength and range of motion. But rest assured you’ll be in the best care. Dr. Collins is passionate about getting his patients back to playing the sports they love and keeping you on top of your game.

Get back in the game. Call 337-508-0356 or click

What To Do Before Surgery for A Better Recovery

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Having surgery soon? If so, preparation is key no matter the size of the surgery. Your doctor should always sit down with you to discuss any requirements before undergoing an operation. However, as a patient, there are general steps you can take in order to help your body recover faster.

Here are 3 simple tips to make your recovery easier:

Prepare Yourself Mentally

For most people, the idea of undergoing a surgical procedure makes them nervous, which is understandable. The best way to ease your nerves is to be informed. Do your research and ask your doctor any questions you may have.

Additionally, make sure that your affairs are in order if there is recovery time following your surgery. Make sure that your employer is aware, ask a neighbor to walk the dog, and have someone on hand to drive you places, or anything else that is needed.

Change Your Diet and Exercise

The healthier you are going into surgery, the better shape your body is in to recover. It’s never too late to eat better. Even if you only have a couple of weeks before your surgery is scheduled: cut back on the sodas and junk food, incorporate salads into your diet, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Exercise is just as important as adjusting your diet. Exercising isn’t just for weight loss. Cardio builds up the muscles in your heart and lungs. You want all major organs in optimal condition before undergoing the strain of surgery.

Kick the Bad Habits

This follows the same general idea as dieting and exercising: you want your body in prime condition to heal itself. Smoking increases your odds of getting a blood clot, as well as puts excess stress on your heart. Just like diet and exercise, it is never too late to make a change.

Heavy drinkers are also at an increased health risk when it comes to surgery. People who have more than two drinks daily have a higher percentage of encountering a complication during or after surgery.

For compassionate healthcare at a state-of-the-art facility, visit Collins Orthopaedics. Dr. Collins specializes in a variety of orthopaedic and sports medicine treatments, including meniscus and cartilage repair, total shoulder replacement, and fracture care. For more information, contact us today.

Down. Set. Hut: The Most Common Football Related Injuries


Football season is in full swing. Like most people in southern Louisiana, it is our favorite time of the year. However, as orthopaedic specialists, it is also our least favorite time of the year. With a high-contact sport such as football, injuries are frequent occurrences.

Here are the most common injuries sustained while playing football:

Head, Neck, and Shoulder Injuries

  • Concussion
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Torn Rotator Cuff
  • Fractured Clavicle

Knee Injuries

  • ACL Tear
  • PCL Tear
  • Meniscus Tear

Leg Injuries

  • Shin Splints
  • Strained Calf Muscle
  • Hamstring Tear
  • Ankle Sprain

While many injuries can be minor and heal with proper medical attention and rest, some injuries can end a player’s sports career.

There are precautions players of any level can take to lessen the chances of sustaining an injury including:

  • Getting a physical exam before the season starts
  • Warming up
  • Cooling down
  • Staying hydrated
  • Wearing appropriate safety gear
  • Knowing the appropriate and safe way to execute moves such as tackling

If you have sustained an injury while playing football, consult an orthopaedic specialist immediately. For compassionate healthcare, at a state of the art facility, visit Collins Orthopaedics. Dr. Collins specializes in a variety of orthopaedic and sports medicine treatments, including meniscus and cartilage repair, total shoulder replacement, and fracture care. For more information, contact us today.


Summer Sports: 5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe


An estimated 60 million children, ages 6 to 18, participate in some form of organized sports, according to a survey completed by the National Council of Youth. Sports offer many social, physical, and psychological benefits for children, but there is some risk involved when playing sports. As a parent, it is your job to stay informed and make sure your child is taking the necessary precautions when playing a sport this summer.

Here are 5 easy-to-follow tips to keep your child safe while playing summer sports:

1. Know the demands of the sport. Playing a sport is physically demanding and each sport comes with its own set of demands. Make sure your child is in good condition to play by getting a physical performed by a doctor before the season starts.

2. Use equipment and safety gear properly. Some sports require equipment, such as baseball and soccer. Make sure your child has been instructed on how to properly use the equipment to avoid pulling or overextending a muscle or accidentally hurting another child. It is important to not only wear the required safety gear while playing sports, but to also make sure your child is wearing the proper size. Safety gear that is too large or too small is at risk for not protecting your child fully.

3. Warm ups and cool downs are important. One of the easiest ways to prevent an injury is to warm up and cool down properly before and after a practice or game. Some form of cardio for 10 minutes, followed by stretching is recommended. Remember to hold each position for at least 20 seconds when stretching.

4. Rest. Overuse injury is very common in young athletes. Nonstop playing can result in serious injury. Athletes should have breaks during practices and games. Children should have at least one or two days of rest without playing a sport.

5. Hydrate and use sunscreen. Temperatures skyrocket during the summer. Make sure your child is drinking an adequate amount of water. Pack a water bottle for your child to keep with them at all times and tell them to drink water before, during, and after playing. It is best to pre-hydrate the day before a strenuous sporting activity. Sports drinks have an astonishing amount of sugar in them, therefore, water is always the best choice. Wearing sunscreen will keep your child happier and healthier. The CDC recommends using a sunscreen with at least 15 SPF and UVA and UVB protection. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and don’t forget to reapply.

For compassionate healthcare, at a state of the art facility, visit Collins Orthopedics. Dr. Collins specializes in a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine treatments, including meniscus and cartilage repair, total hip replacement, and fracture care. For more information, contact us today.