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NBA Injury Analysis: The More You Know

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.

Chris Paul
The Clippers will have to navigate the rocky waters of the Western Conference without their floor general for at least six weeks after Paul suffered a shoulder injury. The injury occurred in a game against the Mavericks when Paul's right arm hit the ground after getting tangled up with Dallas' Monta Ellis and teammate DeAndre Jordan. Following the game, coach Doc Rivers referred to the injury as a separated shoulder, a diagnosis later confirmed by MRI.

Rivers' usage of the word separation is a good indicator of what area of the shoulder has been injured. Separation, rather than dislocation, is most commonly used to describe an injury to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint of the shoulder. Located where the clavicle (collarbone) connects to the shoulder blade at an area known as the acromion, the AC joint acts as a strut for the arm. It is stabilized by two specific ligaments, the acromioclavicular (AC) and coracoclavicular (CC) ligaments, which are partic

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