Sprain Epidemic – Impact
Posted by Erik on November 9, 2008
What is an Ankle Sprain?
An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue—like rubber bands—that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement.Some ankle sprains are much worse than others. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as on the number of ligaments involved. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments.
What Causes a Sprained Ankle?
Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Ankle sprains commonly occur while participating in sports, wearing inappropriate shoes, or walking or running on an uneven surface.
Aside from Tony Parker (Spurs) there are a good number of players suffering from sprains. Notable ones are;
Peja Stojakovic (Hornets)- No more worries here. His sprain was apparently mild and rest and painkillers were apparently enough for him not to miss too much time. He’s back and doing well.
Michael Redd (Bucks) – He is still out the Bucks’ line up for now and Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva should be logging in some sweet fantasy numbers as they try to fill the scoring void left by Redd. Do NOT bother with Charlie Bell. Even if he’s got the starting job in the interim, he will not amount to anything fantasywise for now.
Josh Smith (Hawks) – Out for 2-4 weeks. I actually think he will be back sooner rather than later. In the meantime; Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Marvin Williams and Maurice Evans should get some fantasy love in Josh’ absence. Zaza and Evans will have the least upside in the quartet.
Devin Harris (Nets) – He should be gone for a few days to 2 weeks. Keyon Dooling will be favored to fill his starting PG gig. Feel free to pick him in the short term and milk Devin’s time away. He is definitely on most waiver wires.
Drew Gooden (Bulls) – He has a minor sprain. Joakim Noah now has a chance to shine, well at least briefly. Tyrus Thomas has been too erratic at start the season to tell whether or not he can capitalize on Drew’s short absence from his starting center job. I’m not holding my breath for Aaron Gray to have a micaulous turn around just yet.