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If the Neymar's vertebral fracture is a fake
A very strange episode occurred at the brazilian top player Neymar in the quarter-final against Colombia in Fortaleza along with management of the incident even more strange. Of course, at a distance, you can not judge what happened with certainty, since we have only a few, very few pictures and a few movies. From what has been published by the media, by the accident of the forward brasileiro, you can, however, gather some objective data of some interest.
First, the mode of the clash between Neymar and the Colombian player does not appear absolutely different entities and methods of trauma from the thousands of similar traumas that have occurred in all areas of football in the world. It is a contact between the knee of the defender jumping behind the striker running. In a nutshell the clash of the two bodies takes place in the same direction of motion and, therefore, the two speeds of the athletes must be deducted and not added together, greatly reducing the magnitude of the stresses to each other.
The second aspect that is evident from the images, and that the contact between the knee and the back Juan Camilo Zuniga Neymar imposes a hyperlordosis movement in the spine of the Brazilian player with emphasis on the physiological concave curve of the lumbar spine. But here also should be pointed out that such forced movements, following clashes or athletic feats or even playful, just think of the backward somersault to celebrate a goal, are frequent in sports without dramatic results.
Furthermore, if the picture CT scan published by some newspapers is true (ie that the picture posted is really attributable to the spine of Neymar) the first thing that leaps to the eye and the news shot by journalists talk about "fracture third lumbar vertebra ", based on the declaration of the Brazilian national sports doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, while the published image, complete with arrow (!) shows a spondylolysis of the fifth lumbar vertebra: an interruption of the posterior arch of the vertebra L5 likely of non-traumatic.
In fact, even with all the limitations of a single CT image available in this sagittal section highlights how this isthmic lysis (disruption of inter articular part of the posterior arch of the vertebra L5) had radiological characteristics such as to suggest an old disease, on the basis of dysplastic process. So do not traumatic.
Finally in the video images, which were published by the media, made after the game at the airport before boarding, Neymar is quietly sitting on a chair, when, if it were really a vertebral fracture was assumed by the Brazilian medical staff, would be strictly immobilized and carried on a stretcher suitable for spinal trauma. Moreover, we note that the same dr.Rodrigo Lasmar minimizes the "fracture" by stating that "it is not for surgery and a bust is sufficient for the treatment of this spinal injury."
If the description were true then you could rebuild the whole thing as follows. Neymar has long suffered from a low back pain due to spondylolysis of L5. The trauma, modest, occurred in the clash with the Colombian player has created the unfortunate condition of stress in hyperlordosis of the lumbar spine, this stress is little tolerated in a previous vertebral isthmus lesion, increasingly more serious an old problem already present from the youth age. The fracture "not important" of the third lumbar vertebra there is shown, but it serves to cover the presence of the past (much more serious) spondylolysis of L5, exposed from the published images. In short, a fake cover for an inconvenient truth?
The suspicion is that, in the rush, the media has made a colossal mistake, or it could be argued that the national of Brazil team today does not want to let people know that its more great champion playing for some time with a spondylolysis of L5 spinal injury that would could jeopardize its participation in this championship and expose it to the risk that has arisen as a fact in the game with Colombia. The question of a fake is very strong. At the same time we have the almost certainty that the responsibility of the colombian player Juan Camilo Zuniga in creating the spinal injury, as published with the CT image, is essentially nothing. We look for explanations to understand what really happened to this great Brazilian champion, to which we all hope to get it ready (and final) healing. Boa sorte querido Neymar!