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Covering sports injuries from the perspective of a certified athletic trainer and backed by analytics.

Understanding Carmelo Anthony’s Back Spasms

The 2014-15 season is off to a rocky start for the New York Knicks with the team currently holding a 4-11 record, good enough for 12th in the Eastern Conference. Injuries have yet again been at the heart of the problem. Forward Andrea Bargnani yet to play this season due to calf and hamstring strains […]

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Understanding Dwight Howard’s PRP Treatment And Why It’s Not “The Kobe Treatment”

Houston center Dwight Howard recently underwent a procedure that is becoming commonplace in the NBA. Howard received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection into his strained right knee in hopes of accelerating the healing process. In the traditional PRP treatment, like the one Howard reportedly received, a sample of the injured athlete’s blood is taken and […]

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Understanding Kinesio Tape and Its Use In the NBA

During a recent game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony left the court limping and headed for the locker room. Anthony’s absence was brief and the Knicks telecast reported the seven-time All-Star simply needed to have his left knee retaped. The tape job Melo emerged wearing was not a simple athletic tape job, […]

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Understanding Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose’s Hamstring Problem

It should come as now surprise that one of the major issues affecting NBA players this season is lower extremity problems. Ankle and foot injuries, including fractures and sprains, make up 35 percent of the missed games this season. Meanwhile injuries to the musculature of the lower extremities are also making an impact, as strains to the […]

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Breaking Down The Ice Bucket Challenge: Understanding ALS and Its Link to Sports

Athletic trainers are often all too familiar with ice and ice baths so when the phenomenon known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started to take social media by storm I knew it was only a matter of time before a direct challenge was thrown my way. Of course a vengeful athlete who I had […]

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