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Why Did Rasheed Wallace Play On Monday?

rasheed38 year-old Rasheed Wallace faced reality today and opened up a spot on the Knicks’ roster by announcing his retirement. Though it was evidently hoped he would mend in time to contribute in the playoffs, it must have been obvious that it was not to be. Why then have him play for four minutes on Monday before leaving the court with soreness in his post-operative foot? Wasn’t Wallace’s condition evident in practice? Four minutes should not have tested him as much as drills and practice would have. Maybe someone wanted to prove a point.

K-Marts Ankle Sprain – The Impact On The Knicks

kmartPlaying with an ankle sprain certainly limits balance as well as mobility: speed, ability to quickly change direction and to jump. Landings can be especially precarious and unstable. Swelling can inhibit strength and even with taping, a ligament injury, even a mild one with little tearing, can present with significant impairment for an athlete. Though it isn’t likely that Martin came down awkwardly on his left foot because of his left knee condition, if he comes back too quickly (and he is likely to), the left ankle issue could lead to further issues with the left knee. Altering mechanics to favor one injured area leads to obvious and undue stresses to other areas.

Tyson Chandler And The Knicks’ Aging Knees

chandlerOn Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire added Tyson Chandler to their knee support group. Three of the team’s highest paid players have knees that are not providing an adequate return on investment. Iman Shumpert is a 2012-13 alum who serves on the group’s advisory board, while Rasheed Wallace, sidelined because of his foot long before he succumbed to surgery, undoubtedly offers his guidance. The table is full, and the court is not.

Chandler, the latest to fall, was reported to have a contusion from a second quarter collision that sent him sprawling. Who knows if it is actually just a contusion or if there is also a mild sprain. The story is remarkably similar to that from last October, only this go-round, there won’t be an MRI, at least for now.

Stress Reactions Versus Stress Fractures

rasheedExcessive and repetitive loading on weight-bearing bones can cause what some term “fatigue damage”. The milder stress reaction results in bony abnormalities that are evident with diagnostic testing (MRI, bone scans or less likely x-ray) but does not entail disruption of the cortex, the outer shell. In contrast, stress fractures progress from stage 1 to stage 3, and in each the degree of cortical cracking becomes more extensive leading ultimately to failure. Simple x-rays often do not reveal evidence of stress injuries until healing is well underway and the calcification “lights up” the area.

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