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

Examining DeMarcus Cousins’ Achilles Tear

All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a left leg injury late in New Orleans’ win over Houston. Cousins was hauling in a rebound and landed on his left leg and immediately came up limping. It was apparent the non-contact injury was significant as Cousins was helped to the back by teammates. News spread quickly that the […]

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Understanding Reggie Jackson’s Grade 3 Ankle Sprain

2017 is ending and the list of injured NBA players continues to rise. The 2016-17 season began in ominous fashion with Boston’s Gordon Hayward and Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin both suffering season-ending injuries in their team’s first outing. The upward tick of man games lost to injuries has sustained as the season has progressed with the […]

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Understanding Michael Porter Jr.’s Back Surgery

The hype surrounding the 2018 NBA Rookie Class has steadily increased with the start of the college basketball season. Marvin Bagley III is dominating for the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils and Deandre Ayton has been a double-double machine for the #2 Arizona Wildcats. International prospect Luka Doncic has made his way up draft boards after […]

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Understanding the Early News on Gordon Hayward’s Gruesome Ankle Injury

The excitement of Opening Night in the NBA quickly faded as Celtics forward Gordon Hayward suffered a traumatic leg injury just minutes into the first game of the season. Hayward was immediately tended to by the Boston medical team as players from both teams averted their eyes from the gruesome scene. Footage of the injury […]

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Understanding Nicolas Batum’s Elbow Sprain

The first notable injury of the 2017-18 NBA season has occurred with Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum suffering a moderate elbow sprain. Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania reported Batum is expected to miss eight-to-10 weeks after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left elbow during Wednesday’s preseason outing. UCL tears are relatively uncommon in basketball but […]

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