- Head Athletic Trainer: Will Sevening (17 Years as Head AT)
- Total Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 995 (1st in the league)
- Total Cost for Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: $65.8 million (2nd)
- 2013-14 Games Missed Due to Injury: 135 (16th)
- 2013-14 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury: $9.2 million (14th)
- Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 5 (2013-14)
- Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 16 (2014-15)
Back-to-back titles continue to elude the Spurs though the franchise remains a model of consistency. The team’s medical staff led by head athletic trainer Will Sevening has played a major role in San Antonio’s prolonged success. Sevening, working directly with coach Gregg Popovich, was one of the first to begin utilizing rest days and minutes restrictions for the players. As a result, the Spurs have missed the fewest totals games to injury over the last 10 seasons, edging the vaunted Suns medical team by a lone game. The feat is particularly impressive given the team’s propensity to go deep into the playoffs and feature a roster loaded with veterans.
Last season was a bit of down year in terms of injuries. Offseason shoulder surgery for Patty Mills spilled over into the regular season and big man Tiago Splitter missed 27 games with his chronically injured calf. Additionally, Tony Parker continued to show signs that his years of playing international ball are negatively impacting his health. Still, the team remained below the league average for missed games to injury for the 10th straight season and the medical team remains a major advantage.
The franchise retooled in the offseason resigning the core players and adding LaMarcus Aldridge and David West to the rosters. The veterans will continue to require routine maintenance and scheduled days off and Aldridge brings his own set of issues. The All-Star forward has Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition affecting the electrical system of the heart, and has twice needed procedures to address the problem. Furthermore he’s undergone labrum repairs in both hips, setting up a need for constant monitoring and treatment.
However Sevening’s prior success suggests Aldridge entered the perfect situation and should be a major part of continuing San Antonio’s winning ways.