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NBA Injury Analysis: What Injuries Mean

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.

At long last the NBA season has arrived. Teams enter the season with high expectations that can easily be derailed by a single injury. Fantasy owners face the same looming threat, but steps can be taken to insure you properly handle injuries when they occur and minimize their impact on your season.

To begin the season I thought I'd share some basic injury jargon that all fantasy owners should know. Understanding what the injury actually is could prevent you from prematurely casting a player aside.

Lets start with the verbiage surrounding sprains and strains. The difference between these two words may be just one letter, but the associated recovery time and nature of the injury itself is a bit more complicated. A sprain is an injury that occurs to a ligament, the connective tissue that connects bone to bone. A strain is an injury that occurs to either muscle or a tendon of the muscle. Both sprains and strains are graded based on the amount of damage to the effected

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