During the SEC Championship Alabama quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain.
Something that South Alabama’s team physician, Dr. Harcourt told me could take more than a month to recover from.
"It usually takes more energy to tear that ligament it's a little different mechanism than a regular just roll your ankle, ankle sprain so they take longer to recover. Typically, sometimes as long as six weeks for non-elite athletes,” said South Alabama’s Medical Director for the Athletic Department, Dr. Andy Harcourt.
As we all know Tua is an elite athlete so instead of the traditional way of recovering from a high ankle sprain with a boot and time, Alabama has decided to go with surgery. Dr. Harcourt said it's a newer approach to recovery.
"It's an outpatient procedure. Arthroscopic, they are looking through the cameras when they do the surgery. Clean up any damage inside the joint then they do repair of that ligament across the bone. Sometimes there is a wire that wires those bones together to allow them to heal more quickly. With elite athletes that have access to around the clock physical therapy and athletic training they can get back in as soon as two weeks,” said Dr. Harcourt.