Re: Injury question
posted at 2/12/2013 3:55 PM EST
In response to Number6Fan's comment:
This is a real question so please don't hijack it into bashing or trash talking.
Is it my imagination, or are there a lot more significant injuries to players now than there were back in the Good Old Days of the '60s and '70s? Seems like many teams, not just the Celts, are having players going down for significant periods with back, knee, leg, foot injuries, etc. I mean Howard, Rose, Dirk, Verajao, Gasol, Wall, Rondo . . . KG and Pearce a while ago, Perk, etc. etc.
Other than losing to the Knicks when Havlicek injured his arm in the '72 playoffs, I don't remember a lot of injuries back then.
Any idea why? Is it that the game has changed enough that players are asking their bodies to do too many weird hyper-athletic things that they didn't used to have to do? Or are people more fragile?
Number6, there is no easy answer to your question. The supposition you state is a widely accepted theory. Today's athletes are unquestionably faster, stronger, and jump higher. But, the fundamental structure of the human body to include connective tissues , i.e. ligaments and tendons, along with the frame they are attached to, Skeleton, are virtually unchanged from the era you speak of. There is no doubt that the extra force, stress, and strain created by the increased muscle mass and speed of today's athletes have a significantly more severe impact on the integrity of the body when it is challenged so intensely. In other words, I think we are seeing today's athletes push the human body past its natural limits and it simply gives way to all of the violent maneuvers and force they constanly challenge it with. Call it "critical mass."