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Ramsay: Blueshirts on the Mend

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

With injuries having caught up with Mark Messier, Radek Dvorak, Mike Richter and several others down the stretch, Rangers Medical Trainer Jim Ramsay takes a look at how some of these players are doing in their off-season rehabilitation programs and their various roads to recovery.

Mark Messier underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on March 1 to remove bone spurs in his left shoulder and alleviate rotator cuff pain.

"When Mark left for the summer, his shoulder was at about 80 percent. Mark will work on his shoulder throughout the summer concentrating on functional strength work. Functional training focuses on training the joint using exercises that challenge an athlete on all dimensions of strength, balance and are similar to the sport of hockey."

Radek Dvorak underwent successful surgery on April 12 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered on March 13 vs. Boston.

"Devo is doing great. He came through the surgery with no problems and has been working on his knee for one month now. In the early stages of his rehab, we focused on regaining his range of motion, controlling his pain and swelling. We also work on re-educating his muscles to function properly. After surgery, the muscles of the leg start to atrophy (weaken due to a decrease in size), therefore we must work on light strength work to prevent this. Devo is now starting a more challenging phase of his rehab were we are more aggressive on his strength work. We also work an area of rehab called proprioceptive work or balance work. This trains the muscular and nervous systems to work together. Devo continues to make everyday a challenge and is doing better than even he expected."

Mike Richter suffered a linear fracture of the right temporal bone during the Rangers’ game against Atlanta on March 22.

"Mike is now seven weeks post-injury and is well on his way to a complete recovery. He has started some light workouts and has tolerated them just fine. We will continue to monitor his fracture throughout the summer."

Sandy McCarthy underwent successful arthroscopic shoulder surgery on April 30 to remove small bone spurs that had developed over the course of his career.

"Sandy is now two weeks post surgery and is doing fine. He had the shoulder joint cleaned out, from years of abuse. At this point in his program, we are working on regaining his full range of motion, controlling pain and swelling and working on some light strength exercises. Sandy has always worked hard at everything that he does and his shoulder rehab will be no exception."

Jim Ramsay recently concluded his eighth season with the Rangers as the team's medical trainer. Prior to joining the Blueshirts training staff, Rammer spent five seasons with the former Winnipeg Jets. The Manitoba native served as the head athletic trainer for Team Canada at the 2001 World Hockey Championship in Germany and captured gold as the head athletic trainer for Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City, Utah.
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