WBEZ | injury http://www.wbez.org/tags/injury 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 My demented deranged hip http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-07-18/my-demented-deranged-hip-89305 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-18/zulkeyrunner2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I started running a few years ago, thanks in part to a personal trainer who tricked me into liking it.&nbsp; I realized that it can be a relaxing, enjoyable exercise and not hell from start to finish. I ran my first 5K in June 2009 and realized that running is an ideal exercise for the goal-oriented. I never liked spinning on stationery bicycles going nowhere or watching the back of some lady’s head in a step class, but with running I could challenge myself to faster times and longer races. So this year I signed up for my first half-marathon.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-18/zulkeyrunner1.jpg" title="" height="500" width="332"></p><p>To help with my training, for Christmas my dad gave me a <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&amp;pID=83280" target="_blank">Garmin forerunner 210</a>, a nifty toy that tracks how far you’ve run, how fast you’re running and your heartbeat, amongst other things. Plug it into your computer and you can see that the satellites have tracked exactly where you’ve run too, which falls into that neat/creepy realm that describes most new things.</p><p>If I were a member of the Chicago White Sox, I’d be Paul Konerko, not because I’m awesome but because I’m slow. In a tight game, you’d put a pinch runner in for me for sure. I knocked out about a ten-minute mile on the treadmill, normally. With the Garmin, though, I could see exactly how fast I was running, which started to give me something of a complex, especially when I ran outside, on the lakefront, on January days. If I could run faster I’d be home in the hot shower sooner. I started trying to run faster and faster and, not surprisingly, I started enjoying running less.</p><p>I also eventually began noticing a slight ache in my right hip. Nothing major--just after I ran, but still, it bugged me because it didn’t go away, not even after I replaced my running shoes. My trainer suggested I take a month or so off from running, which I did this spring, but the second I returned to running, the ache came back too, only now I started feeling it when I was running. And after. And in the mornings. And walking around. It was no longer aching, it was grinding.</p><p>The annoying thing about a running injury is that it’s so minor in the big picture. I wasn’t visibly injured, I wasn’t on crutches or bleeding or had a diagnosis, but still, it was bringing me down, and less coolly, making running a drag again when I had successfully un-drag-ified it a few years previously. I realized there was no way I could handle the anxiety of training for a half-marathon and worrying about my hip, so based on the recommendation of a friend, I made an appointment at <a href="http://www.ric.org/conditions/sportsmed/index.aspx" target="_blank">RIC Spine and Sport</a>.</p><p>I’m currently four appointments deep in a six-appointment commitment and I’m very intrigued by the whole process. The facilities are stuffed with equipment: padded tables, treadmills, exercise balls, stuff I can’t even identify. It looks very official. But I felt kind of like a dope when, for my first appointment, I was asked to identify my pain on a scale of 1-10. Well, clearly, 10 is for people who are getting stabbed and giving birth at the same time. Um...a 2? I felt like I was wasting their time.</p><p>Fortunately my therapist at RIC hasn’t treated me that way thus far. I was hoping for a cool-sounding diagnosis so that I could tell people I had something that sounds very official, like bursitis or something. When I asked her last week though what the definition for what my hip problem was, she made it sound like my hip is insane.</p><p>“What did you say my hip problem was again?” I asked today. “It’s demented?”</p><p>“No, it’s deranged,” she said, and then put me on a table called the <a href="http://www.hilllabs.com/chiropractic/Hill-McKenzie-REPEX-Table.php" target="_blank">RePex</a> that bends you backwards like a delicious potato chip and makes squeaky noises like a ghost mouse. Long story made extremely short, my gait is wonky and my hip is weak and so I need to strengthen it and my various other muscles to get back in shape.</p><p>I like things that are effective (which, I know, makes me the specialist snowflake.) I tried acupuncture a few years ago for a different running issue and while it was relaxing, I hoped it worked more than I thought it was really working. Plus I had to pay out of pocket for it which I don’t have to do at RIC. So far at RIC though I feel like things are happening. I am given different stretches and exercises to perform which I do diligently (once again, goal-oriented, and a bit of a people-pleaser to boot). Per my therapist's recommendation, I ice my hip so frequently I uttered the phrase "I'm getting really sick of sticking bags of ice down my pants" to my husband last night. Today I ran both on the treadmill and the track so my therapist could figure out what’s wrong with my gait. I was told to imagine I was “running on clouds” next time, which is a delightful mental image. I also liked that I basically got my workout in today while at the doctor’s office.</p><p>I still have a few more appointments to go and at least 13.1 big miles to run before I’ve reached the end of this summer’s physical health journey. What have I learned? That if you have good insurance, you should milk every sweet cent out of it that you can if you’re not feeling well. That I am pretty sure that if running a half-marathon is causing me this much angst, a marathon is not in the cards for me. And that maybe running and simultaneously obsessively checking a computer strapped to your arm that’s talking to outer space isn’t the best idea ever.</p></p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-07-18/my-demented-deranged-hip-89305 Post-season play can be extra demanding on physical health of athletes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-04/post-season-play-can-be-extra-demanding-physical-health-athletes-86048 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-04/Rose Getty Jonathan Daniel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.drosehoops.com/rose/index" target="_blank">Derrick Rose</a> has been named the NBA’s most valuable player. The news was hardly a surprise for those who’ve been watching him light up the hardwood all year.<br> <br> At the tender age of 22, Rose is the youngest player ever to earn the top trophy. But just because he’s young doesn’t mean the coming years of professional play won’t tire this finely-tuned vessel. In fact Rose is still getting over a recent ankle injury.<br> <br> To learn more about what professional sports – especially playoff play – can do to the athletic body <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <a href="http://www.rushortho.com/charles_bush-joseph.cfm" target="_blank">Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph</a>. He’s the associate director of sports medicine at Rush University Medical Center and team physician for the Chicago White Sox.</p><p><em>Music Button: McEntire/Herndon/Bitney, "Can You See?" from the CD Bumps, (Stones Throw)</em></p></p> Wed, 04 May 2011 13:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-04/post-season-play-can-be-extra-demanding-physical-health-athletes-86048