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NBA Injury Analysis: Whiteside, Booker Among Several Injured Stars

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.

Devin Booker and Anthony Davis
Two top-tier Fantasy options went down over the last week with similar injuries. It started on December 1 when Davis was injured in a loss to the Jazz. Four days later, Booker was carried off the court in Toronto by teammates. Evaluations on both injuries revealed adductor strains. While the injury sounds a bit unusual, itís a common ailment that is generally referred to as something else.

The area known as the groin isnít an isolated muscle but a group of muscles known as the adductors. The adductor group work together to pull the leg inward toward the midline of the body in a direction known as adduction. Muscles included in the groin include the adductor longus, adductor brevis, adductor magnus, pectineus, and gracilis. The adductors are a necessary component in basketball, especially during lateral (side-to-side) movement. Additionally, some of the adductors work synergistically with other muscles to aid other movements at the

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