- Head Athletic Trainer: Geoff Clark (Second Year as Head AT)
- Total Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 1714 (28th in the league)
- Total Cost for Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: $112,176,261 (23rd)
- 2013-14 Games Missed Due to Injury: 92 (4th)
- 2013-14 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury: $4,606,895 (3rd)
- Average Rank In Games Missed to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 21.3 (29th)
- Average Rank In Cost of Injuries Since the 2005-06 Season: 19.4 (T-24th)
- Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 4 (2013-14)
- Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 29 (2009-10)
What a difference a year makes. After years of ranking near the bottom of the league in both games and dollars lost to injury, new head athletic trainer Geoff Clark and Director of Player Health and Performance Dr. Chris Stackpole transformed the Blazers into a team that ranked as one of the best in the league. Their ability to keep players on the court was a huge reason for Portland’s success. The health provided much needed continuity among the starters and the 5-man unit of Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Robin Lopez played in 53 straight games to start the season.
Greg Oden and Brandon Roy are the obvious names at the center of Portland’s previous struggles. The duo missed combined to miss 373 games over their Portland careers. Oden missed time recovering from a foot fracture and multiple microfracture procedures on his knee. Roy battled hamstring issues before chronic cartilage issues in both knees forced an early retirement. However they weren’t the only problems as players like Darius Miles, Raef LaFrentz, and Martell Webster all had seasons were they missed 80 or more games.
Stackpole was the heart of the turnaround with a new found emphasis on nutrition, preventative maintenance, and critical care. Players provided positive feedback on the switch, praising the medical staff’s one-on-one approach. The use of biometric devices that monitor heart rate and other levels of exertion helped the team modify practice and keep players fresh throughout the season.
A new season will provide the new medical team a chance to prove their techniques have a lasting effect. With 15 healthy bodies available on opening day the Blazers are once again off to a good start.