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NBA Injury Analysis: Preseason Checkup 3

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.

Andrew Bogut
The Warriors are counting on Bogut to appear in more than 32 games this season, but a lower back injury is already a cause for concern. The Australian center made a quick departure from the teamís preseason win over the Lakers after developing back spasms. Back spasms are often the result of some underlying issue and can be extremely difficult to manage. Pain following injury causes the muscles of the back to tighten and go into spasm. Spasms increase the pain, resulting in more tension, which leads to more pain. This nasty pain-spasm cycle must be interrupted, and the root of the problem must be addressed before a player can return to activity without the fear of the spasms returning. It appears Bogutís issues are linked to a mild lower back strain and not the previous disc protrusion he dealt with last season. However, it would still be wise to proceed with caution here, as this isnít the only back injury in Bogutís past. Back-related injuries have cost Bog

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