Healthy Scratch

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Aaron Rodgers didn't really break his clavicle, just a healthy scratch on his back

In sports medicine, a healthy scratch refers to any player who is healthy and eligible to play, but is not allowed to play by his or her coach because the scratch he or she has is so itchy that it's worrisome for scabies, and you definitely don't wanna spread that sh*t. Though the IDSA recommends placing these patients in contact isolation and considering a dermatology consult, some coaches like Nick Saban have started recommending empiric treatment with IV Benadryl or topical steroids.[1][2] For high-profile players like Aaron Rodgers, they don't like to use Benadryl or steroids, and prefer to do whatever it takes to scratch that itch, even if it means rubbing one's back onto the field.[3]

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  1. Nick Saban Okays IV Benadryl to Treat Tonight's Healthy Scratches (Gomerblog)
  2. Nick Saban Hoping Triamcinolone Cream Works Better for His Healthy Scratches (Gomerblog)
  3. 5.8 Million Packers Fans Sign Up to Donate Their Clavicles to Aaron Rodgers (Gomerblog)

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