High School Athlete Braces Up – and Wins
In 2013, Tom Sora was headed for a distinguished college football career. The high school senior was defensive captain of his team at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles and college scouts had their eyes on him.
But just minutes into the team’s first game of the season, Tom’s rosy prospects seemed to vanish. In one damaging play, his right arm was pushed back - hard.
“It was a scary moment,” remembers his mom, Linda. “Tom dropped to one knee and waved for help with his other arm. The whole place was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.”
Tom says, “I felt something in my shoulder slide and it didn’t go back. I tried moving my arm and couldn’t. It just felt like the joint was outside where it was supposed to be.”
Dr. Marc Breslow, Notre Dame’s team physician and an orthopaedic surgeon at IBJI-Morton Grove, ran onto the field with Tom’s coach.
He recalls, “After asking Tom a couple questions, we laid him down on the ground. Under his shoulder pads, I could feel the ball of the shoulder out in the front of the socket.”
Dr. Breslow expertly popped it back in.
“Tom felt me pop it back in, that really hurts, but after that, there’s little or no pain,” he says. “Kids think they can go right back into the game, but of course, that’s not what we do.”
Dr. Breslow and trainers took Tom out, got his pads off, and iced and immobilized the injury and Dr. Breslow told the Sora’s to come to IBJI on Monday for an MRI.”