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Longhorns Guard Andrew Jones Won’t Be “Hookin’ Em” For A While

F Scott Feil, DPT

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Longhorns Guard Andrew Jones Won’t Be “Hookin’ Em” For A While

The Texas Longhorns basketball team was enjoying a good start to their season. They currently sit 9-3 entering Big 12 Conference play. But on December 5th against the VCU Rams, it was the Longhorns that got the horns. Sophomore guard Andrew Jones landed on his right wrist after driving to the basket. He was then fouled on a subsequent drive landing on the wrist a second time. During one of these two hard falls, Jones suffered a hairline fracture of his right wrist as was confirmed by head coach Shaka Smart in the press conference the following Monday.

Andrew Jones was playing at a particularly high level for the Longhorns, including the game against VCU where he had 19 points and was 4 of 6 from three point range. The Longhorns suffered their third loss of the season to Michigan in the game immediately following Jones’ injury.

The Injury

The good news for Jones is that the injury is only a hairline fracture, and does not require surgery to repair it, nor a cast to set the bone and keep it in place. The bad news is that the injury was suffered on his shooting hand. A hairline fracture can be a tricky injury because if the bone does not fully heal, the player runs the risk of reinjuring the same fracture, if not making it worse.

Wrist Fracture

Wrist Fracture

Return To Play

While a hairline fracture is not season ending, it could take Jones 4-6 for the fractured bone to heal completely. Rehabilitation will include gentle range of motion activities, closed chain weight bearing type activities, and slow progressive resistive exercises, as well as some modalities like heat, ice, electric stimulation or ultrasound to control some of the swelling and increase blood flow to assist the healing process. Jones is hopeful he can return for the 12/29 game against the Kansas Jayhawks, but that is likely an lofty expectation. It is more realistic to expect him back for the 1/6 game versus conference rival Baylor Bears. Keep an eye out for news on Jones’ rehabilitation progress and any updates on a timetable for his return.

F Scott Feil, PT, DPT, CKTP, known by many of his patients as "Dr Feilgood" is a physical therapist who has practiced in outpatient and orthopedic rehabilitation for the last 10 years. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as the Sports, Orthopedic, Education, and Private Practice sections. A graduate of Wake Forest University where he earned a BA in English, he went on to get his Masters in Physical Therapy at East Carolina University, his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of St Augustine where he is also pursuing his Doctorate in Education. "Dr Feilgood" enjoys golfing, fishing, craft beers, and enjoys all things Fantasy Football Injury related (including his own Fantasy Football Draft Weekend injury...true story) He is a lifelong tortured Mets, Knicks, Islanders, and Giants fan (all hail NY sports mediocrity). F Scott is married and he and his wife are raising two wonderfully exhausting children. Dr Feil is the owner and founder of PT.Educator.com, a blog aimed at improving healthcare literacy.

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With Duke’s Marques Bolden hurt, now what?

Hale Thornhill-Wilson

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Though Bolden isn’t the most integral part of the team, often times playing inconsistent minutes, his size and length will be missed. Bolden has the physical gifts and talent to be a relatively productive college ball player; however, his mental fortitude and effort are not up to par. There isn’t a big on the Duke roster that scores with his back to the basket like Bolden, but with the absence of consistent intensity, he plays second fiddle to Javin DeLaurier.

Bolden was apart of Duke’s historic 16’ recruiting class, comprised of six immensely talented players. 5 of out of those 6 guys were ESPN top 100 recruits and 3 of them already are in NBA (Frank Jackson, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum). The sledding has been tough for Bolden, transferring through this career has always been talked about.

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Duke center Marques Bolden suffers leg injury-Dr. Patel

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Duke’s starting center Marques Bolden suffered a severe left knee injury in the early minutes of Duke’s rematch against UNC on Saturday evening.

 

The injury occurred on a block attempt, and his knee buckled and hit the floor on his descent. He limped off the court with assistance.

 

The injury could be a complex ligament injury to at least one or more of the main ligaments of the knee (ACL/PCL/LCL/MCL). There is also a chance that when he made contact with the ground he could have sustained a fracture. Updates will follow pending an X-ray and MRI. Regardless, he will most likely miss the rest of the season including the tournament.

 

This is the same knee that he had injured during his first two seasons with Duke and forced him to miss significant playing time.

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How will Purdue adapt to the absence of Isaac Haas?

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Mar 16, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Cal State Fullerton Titans guard Jamal Smith (1) passes around Purdue Boilermakers center Isaac Haas (44) in the second half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Heartbreaking news filled the likes of college basketball just this Friday, when it was announced Purdue senior, Issac Haas, will miss the rest of the NCCA tournament with a broken elbow. The big man was going up for a contested rebound, which caused him to fall directly on his right, shooting elbow.

The aftermath of the play had Haas grimacing in pain, laying on his frontside. Although there have been great attempts on Haas’s end to petition himself to the NCCA to be able to play through the injury, he will likely be out 3-5 months with season ending surgery.

This is a monumental blow for the Boilermakers. Going into season, the goal was nothing short of a national title. The specialization of talent that Purdue had extended far in many categories, along with their experience, instilled fear in many teams.

Positions 1-5 each had their specific skill set which complemented everyone perfectly. The emergence of guards, Carsen Edwards and P.J. Thompson, allowed for coach Painter to play a scoring combo guard along with a true point guard to provide an excess of offensive opportunities.

Beyond that, sharp shooting senior, Dakota Mathias, has been able to get open shots all year because of the respect his guards and big men command. Before the injury to Haas, their front court consisted of Haas, Matt Haarms, and Vince Edwards. Haarms has burst onto to the scene this year with his copious amounts of energy and a 7’3” 250 pound frame.

The freshman’s attributes are felt everywhere, but especially on the defensive end with his length and great ability to protect the rim. Senior Vince Edwards has played a pivotal role this year with his ability to score at all three levels. Edwards’ senior leadership somehow finds a way to shine bright during crunch time.

When everyone is a threat on the court, defenses can’t practice triage and show more attention to the best player. Often, Haas would require double and triple teams to be thrown at him, and with the displacement of attention, people like Dakota Mathias and Carsen Edwards got wide open shots.

With the subtraction of Haas, Purdue will have to rely on their playmakers to become more selfish. V. Edwards, Mathias, and C. Edwards will have to show up every night, staying ready for whatever is thrown at them, while understanding the bulk of scoring rests on their shoulders.

Haarms doesn’t have near the girth Haas had, but he must utilize his length and energy to dominate the offensive and defensive glass. The loss of Haas assumes there will be a decrease in offensive rebounding, which means Purdue has to make every shot count. The loss of Haas will simplify the opposition’s game plan tremendously and significantly changes the way the Boilermakers play basketball.

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