We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

This is pretty amazing.

Almost a year ago Georgia running back Sony Michel was in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and in the process broke both bones (radius and ulna) in his forearm. The break was so bad that the bone penetrated the skin, requiring surgery.

Coming back from such a serious injury wasn’t a walk in the park but it was made easier by the Bulldogs biomedical engineering program.

In Georgia’s latest “Beneath the Helmet” video, head athletic trainer Ron Courson and members of the UGA biomedical engineering program take the time to explain exactly how they worked together to get the star running back on the field.

It’s easy to assume that if a player only misses one game due to an injury, it must not have been too serious.  Maybe in the hands of lesser mortals than Ron Courson that might be the case, but we shouldn’t forget whom we’re talking about here.



Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

16 responses to “We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

  1. Russ

    Ron Courson deserves all the praise you give him, but don’t overlook the UGA engineers that made this happen. (Written as a proud UGA engineer.)


  2. Spike

    That’s good stuff there…


  3. dawgman3000

    Simply amazing………except for the Scott Howard yell at the end.

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  4. The UGA athletic department is capable of this, yet can also fuck up a two car parade.

    The talent and potential is there, we just have to get rid of the old duds running the joint.

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  5. WF Dawg

    If Ron Courson isn’t part of our recruiting pitch, we’re doing things wrong.


    • Macallanlover

      Excellent point, and one that could make a difference with major talent. Few things more scary to a young athlete with professional aspirations than being healthy when the time for them comes. Playing up Courson’s value to the athlete should certainly be as high as the S&C coach.


    • Cojones

      Agree with you both. Ron Courson’s history in UGA athletics is fascinating when you consider that, long ago, we had a test for heart insufficiency in place that was alone and unique for college and professional athletes. Courson’s leadership was responsible for us being singled out as the only University that performed the expensive test on football players and was expanded to include all athletes at UGA. I was never so proud that, during the TV program highlighting medical care of athletes, the UGA helmet was raised when they disclosed the only school (and it included all pro teams) anywhere that performed this test. It should be shown over and over to athletes now present at UGA and to incoming recruits. Showing it to recruit’s parents wouldn’t hurt either.

      WF is spot on; Courson and the medical staff should be part of our recruiting, especially with the spotlight on national health care as it is now .


  6. Go Dawgs!

    3D printing is one of the most amazing things that has come about in my 37 years. It’s basically Star Trek technology. Amazing. I’m incredibly proud that my alma mater is on the cutting edge of the technology.


  7. This story is what happens when we take one of the best sports medicine guys at the collegiate level and combine that with a university that’s doing great things. If we did that in other areas, things may turn around. For example, giving the AD some assistance from the Grady school for PR and from Terry on leadership may actually move the needle.

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  8. Btw, carbon is the magic material. It is amazing.


  9. Cojones

    Wow! No snark – a plug from UGA’s scientific community to promote football while attracting interest to accomplishments at UGA’s being on the cutting edge. Takes my school pride back to the late 60s – early 70s.


  10. Dawg19

    One of the things I like about the AFCA’s proposal concerning redshirting is that it gives players hope who have injuries like this around fall practice. Players who normally would have to miss most of the year and risk burning a whole season if they played at the end would now have a better option. Also, any players who are injured during the first couple of games could come back and play in the bowl game (or playoff) and still have the option of taking a redshirt. Senator, I know you posted about this yesterday but this my take on the proposal from the AFCA. Am I incorrect in assuming this?


  11. Debby Balcer

    Wow that is such a great story for UGA football and the engineering school. It also has great implications for healing in general. That will be much nicer to wear with a break than a thick heavy cast.