NBA Schedule: Did the Compressed Season Really Cause More Injuries?

May 1st, 2012 by Nilkanth Patel Leave a reply »
Much has been made recently about the effect this compressed season has had on the health of NBA athletes. Many former and current players have complained that forcing so many games to be played in such a short period of time is unjustly putting the league's superstars at risk.

The intensity of this conversation heightened this past weekend, when we saw three teams lose key players for the remainder of the season (and therefore, their playoff runs): Caron Butler of the Clippers, Iman Shumpert of the Knicks and—the most upsetting—Derrick Rose of the Bulls.

Over the weekend, Dr. David Altchek, from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, told the Associated Press that he doesn't believe ACL injuries were the result of the wear and tear caused by this abbreviated season.

During the Mike Lupica Show on ESPN Radio New York, Charles Barkley phoned in to criticize Altchek, challenging his claim that overuse did not cause Rose's injury. In classic Barkley fashion, he vociferously expressed his concern that too many of the league's most valuable players are prone to even greater injury because they have been given so lit ...

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