NFL players have been know to endure serious pain in order to play on Sundays.  Now that the regular season is over, playing in the playoffs is the true culmination of all the hard work done during the off season.  Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots fractured his forearm against the Indianapolis Colts on November 18, 2012.  He went through extensive rehab to attempt Rob Gronkowskito get back on the field as his Patriot teammates attempt a run at the Superbowl.  Gronk was cleared to play by the medical staff and his forearm was heavily protected.  In an attempt to catch a pass during the first quarter, Gronk re-injured the same arm of the fractured forearm that he suffered back in November.  An attempt was made by the medical staff to get Gronk back on the field, but when there’s a break, extreme pain ensues.  At this point, the use of his arm became non existent thus forcing him to the locker room where he would later be seen with his arm in a sling following the Patriots victory over the Texans.  Last word was that Gronk would definitely need surgery to correct this injury.  Gronk will have to lend moral support for the remainder of the playoffs.

Please revisit this earlier post where Dr. Primus elaborates more on the procedural repair of a forearm fracture.