Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 021

Feeling a bit wound-up…feeling a bit frazzled by Friday? Why not relax and unwind with some medical trivia…

This week we celebrate World Cup Fever with soccer related injuries, energizing substances and tips on taking a dive…

Question 1

  • What is the similarity between a frightened hedgehog and a footballer ‘taking a dive?’

  • Both draw in their legs and fall to the ground…
  • The hedgehog does this as a defence mechanism…the football player has no such excuse
Drogba 'defence mechansim' dive

Drogba 'defence mechansim' dive

Hedgehog Defence mechanism

Hedgehog Defence mechanism

Question 2

  • Between 1979 and 1993 in America, 9 people were injured and 18 killed when struck by which type of sporting equipment?.

  • Soccer goal posts which collapsed.

Question 3

  • What did the Incan army use as an ‘energiser?’

  • Cocaine
  • Use of cocaine spans thousands of years, with a duality of effects noted throughout history.
  • Knowledge of its mind-altering function dates to at least 2000 BC.
  • For centuries, indigenous mineworkers in Andean countries have used cocaine derived from the chewing of coca leaves as an endurance-enhancement agent. This may explain why an increasing number of elite athletes are using the

Robbie Fowler Snorts Line

maradona vuvuzela

maradona vuvuzela

Question 4

  • What does the patient with Fregoli delusion believe?

  • They identifies a single enemy in the form of many different people
  • The Fregoli delusion or the delusion of doubles is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise.
  • The syndrome may be related to a brain lesion, and is often of a paranoid nature with the delusional person believing themselves persecuted by the person they believe is in disguise

Question 5

  • What is Köhler disease?

  • Avascular necrosis of the navicular bone
  • Usually found in children between six and nine years of age.
  • Thought to be associated with an abnormal strain on the dorsiflexed foot (e.g. striking a soccer ball with the foot dorsiflexed) causing a strain on the weak, un-ossified navicular bone.
  • This causes the navicular bone to temporarily lose its blood supply and as a result, tissue in the bone dies and the bone collapses
  • The disease typically affects boys, but it can also affect girls. It was first described in 1908 by Alban Köhler (1874-1947), a German radiologist.
Kohler disease Presentation

Kohler disease Presentation (Day 1 after kicking soccer ball)

Kohler disease (Day 14 after kicking soccer ball)

Kohler disease (Day 14 after kicking soccer ball)

…and remember
…it’s all about the reward

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