Injured lacrosse player returned to play thanks to fellow lacrosse alum, Tri-County Orthopedics' surgeon

Recent studies show that during practices and games, young athletes are sustaining hits as hard as those sustained by athletes at the high school, collegiate and even professional levels.

Such was the case for 14-year-old Kyle Gibson, whose collision with another player during a lacrosse game last spring left him with a severely broken collarbone and no mobility in his shoulder.

“I couldn’t move my arm at all,” Gibson says.

Gibson was fortunate to have former Yale lacrosse player and Tri-County Orthopedics’ sports medicine doctor, Stephen A. Hunt, M.D., available to assist with his injury and treatment. As a 4-year collegiate lacrosse player, Dr. Hunt was able to provide unique insight into Gibson’s condition.

“I understood Kyle’s desire to return to play quickly,” Dr. Hunt explains. “When discussing treatment options with him and his parents, Kyle’s ability to return to the field was a deciding factor.”

Following successful collarbone repair surgery in May and a three-month recovery period, Kyle was able to rejoin his team for the fall lacrosse league in September.

If you have questions regarding collarbone injury, call (973) 538-2334 to schedule an appointment with one of the doctors at Tri-County Orthopedics.

For more than 20 years, Tri-County Orthopedics and its 16 highly trained orthopedic specialists have been committed to providing excellent treatment and care for virtually every bone, joint and muscle in the body to area residents. Through the practice’s five centers of excellence at five locations in Morristown, Sparta, Bedminster and Cedar Knolls, Tri-County Orthopedics offers care for the spine (back and neck), shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle, sports medicine, joint replacements and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Tri-County Orthopedics’ physicians proudly serve as the official orthopedic providers for Drew University, Delbarton School, Roxbury High School, Morristown-Beard School and Morris Hills High School. For more information regarding Tri-County Orthopedics and its specialists, visit, “like” Tri-County Orthopedics on Facebook or follow @TriCounty_Ortho on Twitter.