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Diamond Cuts: Scar Tissue

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, PES, LAT). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez

The brilliance of rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig was enough to overshadow what turned into a rough week for two key members of the Dodgers offense. Both Kemp and Ramirez suffered setbacks in their respective returns from hamstring strains and could be missing for an extended period.

Before we address each specific player, let's examine how a strained muscle heals. When a muscle is significantly strained the individual muscle or tendon fibers of the muscle tear. The body's natural healing process kicks in cleaning the area. Once the stage is set, specialized cells begin producing various components that will help in the regeneration of new muscle fibers. This scar tissue is not immediately at full strength and is not arranged in a detailed pattern, making it important for an athlete to rehab the effected muscle in specific way. Loading the muscle in a precise manner will allow the developing new tissue to form in a stronger, more

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