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Toronto Raptors

  • Head Athletic Trainer: Scott McCullough (10 Years as Head AT)
  • Total Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 1549 (13th in the league)
  • Total Cost for Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: $104.9 million (14th)
  • 2015-2016 Games Missed Due to Injury: 106 (12th)
  • 2015-2016 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury: $11.3 million (17th)
  • Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 1 (2013-14)
  • Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 28 (2010-11)


The Raptors continued the upward growth, winning a franchise record 56 games before losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The showing was even more impressive considering offseason acquisition DeMarre Carroll missed over 50 games with a handful of injuries, including in-season knee surgery.

Carroll’s missed games accounted for just over half of Toronto’s total games lost to injury in 2014-15 as the team took a small step backward in health. However head athletic trainer Scott McCullough and Director of Sports Science Alex McKechnie continued to keep soft tissue injuries, especially muscle-related ones, to a minimum, a good indicator of a successful medical team.

Unfortunately the team enters the season with two surgeries already weighing them down. Jared Sullinger, the team’s latest addition and a player penciled in as a start, is expected to miss an extended period after having surgical hardware inserted into his fifth metatarsal. The move is considered an aggressive preventative measure to help stabilize stress reactions in the bone. The decision may hurt in the short-term but could pay dividends down the road, especially when Sullinger’s history of foot injuries. Second year guard Delon Wright will also miss time recovering from surgery to fix a torn labrum sustained in Summer League.



3 thoughts on “Toronto Raptors”
  1. […] in the NBA, successfully building on the momentum generated during last year’s playoff run. The success of the team’s medical staff is a major reason for the team’s ascension up the Eastern Conference standings. Now the value of […]

  2. […] While the Pacers and Thunder have shown signs of improvement, the same can’t be said for the Lakers. The team has already lost three players to season-ending injuries, insuring a high injury total for the third straight season. Veteran point guard Steve Nash was ruled out for the year before the season even started and promising rookie Julius Randle fractured his leg in his professional debut. Xavier Henry joined the list when he ruptured his Achilles in practice. All three injuries were difficult to prevent but it’s worth wondering where the team would be if they had retained Alex McKechnie. McKechnie spent eight seasons as the team’s athletic performance coordinator and was lauded for his work with preventative care and movement integration. The Lakers opted not to renew his contract in the summer of 2011 and the team has since been decimated by injury. McKechnie has subsequently taken over as the Director of Sports Science for the Raptors and helped turn their medical staff into one of the most successful in the league. […]

  3. […] for this season, but the Raptors only missed 68 games due to injury in total last season, the lowest total in the league. This season, by this obscure metric that combines games missed and […]

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