Friday, September 21, 2012

Modern Science Prevents Reggie Lewis Situations

Often teams will be recognized for their inability to diagnose a players ailments prior to it being too late. Perfect example being Portland, whose medical staff has ended more careers than the rest of the league combined. I'll have to get back to you on those statistics but this is an opinion piece.

The recent news about Channing Frye is disheartening, excuse my pun. However, it is another example of modern science doing more for today's athletes than every before.  I won't dive into the Channing Frye details because everyone else has already done a great job of it like Ball Don't Lie or ESPN.  However, we are here to point out similar causes like the Jeff Green situation and later during the same season, Chris Wilcox.

Ron Suskind wrote a fantastic piece about the failure of medical teams to prevent the tragic death of Reggie Lewis, than a Boston Celtic star athlete. His piece points out many issues with doctors and teams having different agendas which can lead to fatal outcomes.  Nowadays, team doctors have liability clauses that help give them more say.  This is something most average fans do not understand, often hearing them complain that their player is not tough enough.

Now I agree some injuries leave for head scratching, like Jermaine O'Neal's pinky finger injury and the list of endless minor injuries that keep stars from playing.  However, that is not the norm these days.  We have seen players have multiple surgeries on knees and ankles, see Amar'e Stoudemire, with modern science improving so well that players will travel to Germany in order to get strong knees.

This post was to just run a quick summary on the ever evolving medical procedures our society is blessed with.  Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox are back playing basketball this season which is miraculous.  Channing Frye will take the time off to correct his condition and expect him to be back playing in 2013-2014 with a big heart (metaphorically) and smile.


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