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NBA Injury Analysis: Big Names Return

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.

Jamal Crawford and Thabo Sefolosha
The Western Conference race continues to be a close one where a single loss can bump a team down in the standings. Two of the West's top teams will have to proceed without key starters as both the Clippers' Crawford and Oklahoma City's Sefolosha suffered calf strains.

The calf is not actually one isolated muscle but instead a muscle complex made up of two muscles with a conjoined tendon, the Achilles. The calf actively points the toes in a movement known as plantar flexion while also working eccentrically to slow the ankle in the opposite direction. It is key in stabilizing the ankle during dynamic motions like running and jumping, particularly during acceleration. Given its importance it should come as no surprise that a calf strain can be a very limiting injury that requires a substantial amount of time to heal. Additionally, a calf strain can have a cascade effect on other areas of the body leaving the individual vulnerable t

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