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Carmelo Anthony: Shouldering On

imagesMelo hurt his shoulder on April 14 and exacerbated it in the first round against Boston. Naturally though, at the time — and with the Indiana series ahead — Anthony said only that “(I)t really just kind of popped in and out a little bit, but I’m fine.”

Anthony’s comment was more revealing than he may have intended for it to be. The implications are that he experienced either a shoulder subluxation or dislocation that reduced (went back in place) without assistance.

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.

What Jumper’s Knee Means For Danny Granger

grangerDanny Granger, 29 year-old 6’8 Indiana Pacers forward, received an injection of cortisone and will reportedly miss at least three months with a diagnosis of patellar tendinosis, or Jumper’s Knee. Though Granger apparently wanted to play through the pain, Pacers’ management is wisely looking to protect its investment in its offense.

Three months may seem like a long time, especially in light of the fact that no surgery is involved, but this is one of those rare occasions when a club appears to be establishing realistic expectations rather than offering up only wish-list-like optimism.

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.

Can Chris Young Shoulder His Injury?

imagesChris Young, Mets RH starting pitcher, is reportedly slated to return to the mound on Tuesday for his third start of the season. Young was placed on the DL, due to biceps tendinitis, earlier in the month after winning his first two starts with an impressive 1.46 ERA. Of course, any soreness and inflammation in a pitchers throwing shoulder is cause for concern, and the oft-injured Young, who will turn 32 in May, will hopefully rebound successfully from this brief detour. Let’s talk a bit about the role of the biceps and the impact of Young’s diagnosis.