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

Understanding Marcus Smart’s Tibiofibular Subluxation

NBA injury reports can be maddening. Some teams elect to carefully guard their injury information and provide the public with vague descriptions that often involve non-specific regions of the body. Others are more transparent and provide details that accurately and vividly describe an injury. Fortunately the Celtics were the latter regarding Marcus Smart’s leg injury, […]

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Understanding Jonas Valanciunas’ Broken Fourth Metacarpal

The Toronto Raptors have bounced back from last season’s postseason disappointment and once again find themselves in the early season playoff picture. Unfortunately maintaining their position in an improved Eastern Conference got significantly harder with center Jonas Valanciunas suffering a fractured hand in Friday’s win over the Lakers.

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Understanding Hip Labrum Injuries in the NBA

The Washington Wizards announced Tuesday that forward Martell Webster will undergo surgery on a partial tear in the labrum of his right hip and miss the remainder of the season. The news comes less than a week after Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported forward Wilson Chandler would also miss the season due to a torn hip labrum. The […]

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Early Season Injury Woes Grounding the Pelicans

The 2015-16 NBA season is only 11 days old but injuries are already shaping the playoff landscape. Four teams have yet to lose a game to injury, including familiar faces like the Spurs and Raptors, last year’s injury ravaged Thunder, and the Clippers. As of November 6, the combined record of these four squads sits […]

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Breaking Down Derrick Rose’s Facial Fracture and Iman Shumpert’s Wrist Injury

NBA teams are just days into training camp and the injuries for the 2015-16 season have already begun. Two Eastern Conference contenders were hit hard with ailments that will require surgery for key backcourt players. In Chicago, Bulls guard Derrick Rose is slated for surgery after suffering a facial fracture during practice while Cleveland swingman […]

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