This article is part of our NBA Injury Analysis series.RotoWire's Jeff Stotts takes a look at the most impactful early-season injuries from an athletic trainer's perspective.
The Hornets forward is currently recovering from an elbow sprain suffered in the preseason. Batum tore the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left elbow and was initially expected to miss eight-to-12 weeks. UCL tears have become a recurring issue in fantasy baseball as many MLB pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery, the procedure utilized to reconstruct the ligament. However, UCL tears are relatively uncommon in basketball.
The UCL's primary role is to stabilize the medial (inside) aspect of the elbow. While the area is subjected to high level of stress during the overhead throwing motion, basketball player rarely overload this area. Case in points, Batum's injury is just the seventh confirmed moderate UCL injury in the last 13 seasons. The average number of missed games for these cases is roughly 21 game
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