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

Miami Heat

  • Head Athletic Trainer: Jay Sabol (Eight Years as Head AT)
  • Total Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 1661 (14th in the league)
  • Total Cost for Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: $120.3 million (16th)
  • 2015-2016 Games Missed Due to Injury: 170 (19th)
  • 2015-2016 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury:$16.1 million (24th)
  • Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 2 (2009-10)
  • Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 29 (2007-08)


The Big 3 Era in Miami came to an end when LeBron James returned to Cleveland but nobody could have predicted that both Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade would no longer be with the franchise just two seasons later. The catalyst for this seemingly improbable scenario is Bosh’s health. One year after missing 30 games with blood clots in his lungs, Bosh developed another clot in his left calf. He missed the final 29 games of the season and another 14 postseason games. Despite growing optimism from Bosh, the former All-Star did not pass his physical and isn’t expected to return to the organization.

With the franchise in flux, the Heat opted to invest heavily in Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson, spending nearly $150 million to retain their services. It is interesting move given the injury histories of both players, though Jay Sabol and his medical team have previously shown an ability to minimize games lost to injury. Prior to Bosh’s first incident, the Heat had finished in the top 10 for fewest games lost in four of the prior five seasons, including three consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2014.