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NBA Injury Analysis: Facial Injuries and Drop Foot

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.

Larry Sanders and J.R. Smith
Two players suffered facial fractures just prior to the break but face very different recoveries. Sanders suffered a fractured orbital bone following an inadvertent elbow from Houston's James Harden, while Smith broke his left zygomatic bone (cheekbone) after falling into the knee of OKC's Kevin Durant.

The human skull is separated into two parts, the neurocranium that surrounds and protects the brain, and the facial skeleton. The bones of the face protect the eyes, nose, and mouth, but are surprisingly fragile. The most common fractured part of the facial skeleton is the nasal bone. However, another area of the face, the orbit, is also susceptible to injury. The orbit, better known as the eye socket, consists of seven bones from both the neurocranium and the facial skeleton, including the maxilla (the upper jaw), the frontal bone, and the cheekbone. Fractures to one of these bones generally occur following direct contact, particular

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