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Jon Niese's Shoulder Woes

images-1Niese’s numbers this season may be evidence that something is holding him back. His command is not as sharp as it had been, resulting in more walks and fewer strikeouts. Now – even before the midpoint of the season – he is out for the second time due to the left shoulder. The diagnosis may not turn out to pinpoint significant pathology, but that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly.

Breaking Down Albert Pujols' Plantar Fasciitis

albert_pujols_betterFor a guy whose foot is “hurting real bad”, Albert Pujols of the Angels is off to a great start this season. Though he is playing most games at DH rather than first base to limit the time he is on his feet, the logic, clearly a compromise, is flawed; He hits (and walks), therefore he stands and runs…

Kobe Bryant’s Achilles Lowdown

kobeWith the focus on projecting the impact of 35 year-old Kobe Bryant’s ruptured left Achilles on the Lakers’ playoff prospects and his future in the sport, there hasn’t been much said about the implications of Bryant having played hurt. It is as though one injury had no bearing on the other. That is not likely the case.

Kobe sustained what was reportedly a “severe” left ankle sprain on March 13th and returned to the lineup after missing only several games.

Ben Roethlisberger’s Partial Rotator Cuff Tear

543px-Ben_Roethlisberger_Steelers_croppedTook a look at the current NFL injury report and had to mention that (including a few due to suspensions) it is 80 men deep – as of August 1st!

Not on the list is Steelers’ quarterback, Ben Roethlesberger, who yesterday just happened to mention that he has been playing with some shoulder pain due to a partial rotator cuff tear since sustaining the injury in a loss to Baltimore on November 6th, 2011. As with many of his prior injuries, Roethlisberger evidently has no intention of sitting this one out and is simply limiting his throwing in practice. I saw no mention of any medical treatment in the media. Though he reportedly laughed off the possibility of the tear worsening, that outcome wouldn’t be shocking.

Ryan Howard’s Road Back From Achilles Repair

ryan howardTo understand the process, let’s first look at the anatomy and the injury. The Achilles tendon is a fibrous band that attaches the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the calcaneus (heel bone). Both of these muscles act to point the foot downward (ankle plantar flexion). The gastroc, a two-headed muscle that comprises the bulk of the calf, originates above the knee at the posterior (rear) lower end of the femur; its activity is heightened when the knee is extended (straight). The soleus, a much smaller muscle, originates on the tibia of the lower leg, and is the prime mover when the knee is flexed (bent). The calf muscles, also known collectively as the triceps surae, are powerful muscles that propel us as we push off in walking, running and jumping and they enable us to walk on tiptoes.

Joba Chamberlain And The Flexor Tendon

images-15A tendon is the extension of a muscle, attaching it to the bone. In looking at many reports of Joba’s injury, I could find no mention of the specific tendon involved. However, a NY Times report stated that Chamberlain’s soreness is in the forearm, near the inside of the elbow. This is commonly referred to as medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow. Most involved in this diagnosis are the wrist flexors and the pronator teres muscle.

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