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Diamond Cuts: Two For the Thumb

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

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


Josh Hamilton and Ryan Zimmerman

Everyone once in awhile an injury will become prevalent for no other reason than sheer bad luck. Multiple players will succumb to the ailment though the incidents are not indicative of a larger problem. For example, in the summer of 2010 Jason Heyward, Victor Martinez, and Chase Utley all suffered significant thumb injuries that cost them big chunks of the season. The thumb pandemic has now resurfaced with Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Hamilton each suffering a major thumb injury within days of each other.

The thumb is an intricate digit capable of being injured in several locations in a variety of ways. The amount of associated recovery time depends on the spot of the injury and the severity of the damage. The thumb itself is made up of three bones, the proximal and distal phalanxes and the first metacarpal. At the base of the thumb sits the carpometacarpal joint where the metacarpal of the thumb joins with the trapezium bo

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