WBEZ | ACL http://www.wbez.org/tags/acl Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en NBA schedule probably not to blame for Rose injury http://www.wbez.org/news/sports/nba-schedule-probably-not-blame-rose-injury-98649 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP12042804827.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The NBA's compressed schedule, with 66 games in four months followed by one day off before the playoffs, was tough on everyone.</p><p>Did it cause more injuries?</p><p>"Yeah, probably," Chicago's Joakim Noah said. "Probably."</p><p>What about the torn ACLs that ended the season for Derrick Rose&nbsp;and Iman Shumpert on Saturday?</p><p>Unlikely, said a surgeon.</p><p>"There is no evidence that wear and tear, or that kind of issue, playing too much, really has any correlation with ACL injuries in any sport that we've ever studied," Dr. David Altchek from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York said Sunday.</p><p>Rose, last season's MVP, was hurt in the final minutes of Chicago's Game 1 victory over Philadelphia, and the Knicks' Shumpert went down a short while later. The blame game started soon after, with many pointing the finger at the hectic post-lockout schedule.</p><p>Boston center Jermaine O'Neal, whose season ended early after wrist surgery, wrote on his Twitter page that it was a "clear sign" of fatigued bodies from a condensed season, writing "2 torn acl injuries to key players!"</p><p>But Altchek argues that too much playing could actually make a player less susceptible to the injuries that&nbsp;Rose and Shumpert sustained, because they might lack the type of explosiveness it takes to blow out a knee ligament.</p><p>"In fact, I think if you're tired, you're a lot less likely to tear your ACL because you're not going to be as explosive," said Altchek, who has operated on players such as Josh Howard, David West and Purdue's Robbie Hummel, and been a consultant for the NBA.</p><p>NBA players and owners settled on a 66-game schedule starting on Christmas when they settled the lockout during Thanksgiving weekend. Though perhaps ambitious, both sides saw it as a way to make back as much lost revenue as possible.</p><p>Spokesman Tim Frank said that with respect to the season, the league had "ongoing discussions with team doctors and athletic trainers about best practices and planning for injuries."</p><p>The revised schedule amounted to about two extra games a month for teams, from 14 to 16. Though the league said the injury rate was about the same as in a normal 82-game season, players say they felt a difference.</p><p>"This has been a compressed season, a lot more games, a lot less practice time, a lot less recovery time," Knicks guard Baron Davis said. "You can definitely look at the season and just look at the schedule and say that guys really never got the ample amount of time to rest and heal their bones because you're fighting for playoff position. It's game after game after game. So, you know, it's tough. But there's injuries, there's freak injuries in basketball that's always happening."</p><p>They've knocked out players such as Dwight Howard, Al Horford, Andrew Bogut, Jeremy Lin and Stephen Curry, but most were injuries that could come from excessive usage, such as sprains and strains.</p><p>Alchek said ACL tears, far more common in female athletes, are scary injuries in that there's little explanation for how to prevent them. He said the non-contact version that both Rose&nbsp;and Shumpert sustained are often more prevalent in the strongest, healthiest athletes.</p><p>Contact ACL tears, Altchek said, are the kind that can happen to a football player hit on the side of the knee. But Rose&nbsp;was jumping to stop when he was injured, and Shumpert was trying to maneuver with a behind-the-back dribble when he crumbled to the court.</p><p>Both players battled injuries during the season, with Rose&nbsp;missing 27 games for groin, back, toe, foot and ankle problems. There was a mixture of anger and sympathy around the NBA when the popular reigning MVP went down, possibly taking the Bulls' title hopes with him.</p><p>Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Rose's&nbsp;previous injuries or the schedule did not lead to the ACL tear. But players don't seem so certain.</p><p>"There's a lot of speculation. And it doesn't matter. We're in this season, we played the games, we're in the playoffs now. Hopefully no one else goes down with these type of injuries," Miami's Dwyane Wade said. "It's not anything that we want to see for none of our players to go down with injuries. So you don't know. You don't know if it was because of the condensed season. You don't know what the case may be. The biggest thing is that them guys get healthy."</p><p>Twitter became a forum for debate about the schedule's role even before Rose&nbsp;and Shumpert were in their hospital rooms. Former player and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose&nbsp;listed some players that had gone down, putting the blame on the schedule.</p><p>For some injuries, it may have been. Just not the two from Saturday.</p><p>"There really is no evidence of that, in any athlete, that wear and tear, like gradual wearing away of the ACL, is an issue in terms of the injury," Altchek said.</p></p> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/sports/nba-schedule-probably-not-blame-rose-injury-98649 Rose to miss rest of season with torn ACL http://www.wbez.org/news/sports/rose-miss-rest-season-torn-acl-98632 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP120428143842.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bulls star Derrick Rose&nbsp;will miss the rest of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.</p><p>Rose was helped off the court late in Chicago's 103-91 playoff-opening victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, a staggering blow for a team eyeing a championship run.</p><p>He scored 23 points and was playing more like the league's reigning MVP after missing 27 games because of injuries during the regular season, but his season came to an end as the Bulls were wrapping up an impressive win.</p><p>Rose crumbled to the ground after he drove the lane with about 1:20 left and the Bulls leading by 12. He was going for a layup when he came to a jump-stop and seemed to change his mind as the 76ers' Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen rotated over, passing off to a teammate before an awkward landing.</p><p>Team medical personnel immediately rushed out and tended to Rose&nbsp;for several minutes as he was writhing in pain near the baseline before helping him to the locker room.&nbsp;Rose was taken to the hospital, where MRI results confirmed the Bulls' worst fears.</p><p>Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wasn't sure of the extent of the injury and was awaiting test results. Asked why he was still in the game, Thibodeau pointed out that the lead had shrunk from 20 midway through the fourth.</p><p>"I don't work backward like you guys do," Thibodeau said. "The score was going the other way."</p><p>Veteran guard Richard Hamilton defended the decision, saying, "Philly was making a run. In playoff basketball, you never want to give a team confidence. ... When you have a team down, you have to try to keep them down. They made a little run so we needed guys that could put the ball in the basket."</p><p>Losing Rose would obviously be a huge blow for a team that made the conference finals last season and captured the top overall seed for the second straight year.</p><p>He was finally playing more like the reigning MVP after missing 27 games during the regular season with various injuries and struggling down the stretch in the regular season.</p><p>He found his touch after a slow start in this game and also contributed nine rebounds and nine assists. Hamilton added 19 points, Luol Deng scored 17 and Joakim Noah (12 points, 13 rebounds) had a double-double for Chicago.</p><p>Elton Brand led Philadelphia with 19 points. Jrue Holiday scored 16, and Thaddeus Young had 13 points.&nbsp;Chicago product Evan Turner scored 12 and was booed mercilessly after acknowledging he thought the Miami Heat would be a tougher first-round matchup.</p><p>Well, he might want to reconsider that after this one.</p><p>The Bulls&nbsp;simply overwhelmed the Sixers and looked like a team gearing up for another big run after losing to Miami in the conference finals last season. They earned home-court advantage throughout the playoffs for the second straight year and sure looked like a championship contender in this one, right until the end.</p><p>Rose's injury sent a major chill through the arena. The Bulls&nbsp;were 18-9 without him this season, but they know they need their star if they're going to make a run at the title.</p><p>"Your heart goes out to him," Kyle Korver said. "It's been a hard year. With all the work that he puts in and the kind of person he is, to see this happen stinks. It's a sad win."</p><p>Rose hit just 1 of 7 shots in the first quarter but went on a tear late in the second as the Bulls took a 53-42 lead to the locker room. He then scored eight in the third and hit two 3-pointers to help Chicago&nbsp;stay in control, even though things did get a little heated.</p><p>That happened when Noah got fouled by Turner trying to put back Deng's miss with 4:36 left in the quarter. Hamilton started jawing with Turner. Rose and Brand got involved, too.</p><p>Fans, meanwhile, started chanting "MVP! MVP!" in a nod to the rivalry between Rose and Turner that dates to their high school days. When the dust cleared, Hamilton, Brand and Rose all got technicals, and Noah hit 1 of 2 foul shots to make it 69-55.</p><p>Hamilton added two more free throws on the next possession to boost the lead to 16. After the Sixers pulled within eight, Korver nailed a 3 to start a 12-2 run that stretched into the fourth and made it 84-66.</p></p> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 18:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/sports/rose-miss-rest-season-torn-acl-98632