Celtics forward Gordon Heyward suffered a gruesome injury to his left leg tonight in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavilers. In examining the replay, it appears Heyward went to the ground after sustaining both a fracture and dislocation to his left ankle. This typically involves a break to the distal end of the fibula and tears of the ligaments that stabilize the ankle joint to the foot and possibly the ligaments that connect the tibia and fibula. Treatment of this injury will involve surgery to stabilize the breaks in the distal fibula and medial tibia with plates and screws along with possible repair or stabilization of the torn ligaments. Recovery will depend on what surgery entails but typically it will be at least 6-8 weeks before Heyward is allowed to put weight on his left ankle and several months after to recover from the soft tissue injury. Estimates on return to play are likely to be 4-6 months. Expect Kyrie Irving to command an even larger presence in the Celtics offense while Jayson Tatum tries to step in to the rotation at small forward in Heyward’s absence.
Damian Lillard suffers groin strain
NBA Injury Alert
Reports are stating that Damian Lillard suffered a groin strain Wednesday night vs the Grizzlies. He will not participate in the All Star game and maybe miss a couple games following the all stargame depending on the severity. We expect CJ McCollum to handle most of the scoring until Lillard gets back. In this article we will go over what exactly is a groin strain and the severity of it.
What is injured in a groin strain?
The groin muscles or the hip adductors are responsible for adducting/bringing the legs together. The groin muscles can be separated into two groups. The first group is the pectineus, adductor longus, and adductor brevis muscles which attach from the pelvis to the femur. The gracilis and adductor magnus attach from the pelvis to the knee. Any injury to these muscles are referred to as a groin strain.
How is it injured?
Groin Strain occur in sports that involve quick acceleration and sudden changes in direction as well as powerful overstretching of the leg and thigh in abduction and external rotation.
A groin strain is a stretching or tearing of the muscle group as a result of overloading the muscles beyond their normal range.
Am I at risk for injury?
Previous groin injury and adductor weakness have been linked to the incidence of adductor muscle strains. Core weakness or delayed onset of transverse abdominus recruitment increases risk of groin injury.
Are all groin sprains the same?
All groin injuries are different and are classified by their severity. They all either are defined as pain during palpation of the adductor tendons or the insertion on the pubic bone or groin pain during adduction against resistance
Grade 1: there is pain but minimal loss of strength and minimal restriction of motion
Grade 2: Tissue damage that compromises the strength of the muscle but not including complete loss of strength and function
Grade 3: Complete disruption of the muscle tendon unity including complete loss of function of the muscle.
How long am I out for?
1st degree: 2-4 weeks
2nd degree: 4-6 weeks
3rd degree: 6-10 weeks
Nicholas, Stephen and Tyler, Timothy. Adductor Muscle Strains in sport. 2002.