What's with all the injuries to elite players?
In mid-December, ESPN was set to televise Randle against Simeon’s Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon). It was to be one of the best individual matchups of the year, if not the past few. Well, that’s not going to happen and it’s not just due to Randle’s injury. Parker’s been on the shelf since June when he fractured the bone on the top of his right foot. His injury came while competing for Team USA in Lithuania.
In reality, Parker’s been banged up long before that. However, injuries are a part of the game and come with the turf. Regardless, I’ve always wondered if constant play, excessive games and long three-day AAU weekends are a contributing factor to the rash of injuries sustained by players. Could it be today’s player has less tread on his tires by the time he’s a senior in high school or freshman in college?
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Scott Powers is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.
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