So the basketball world is stunned. He hadn’t played in over a month, and the Warriors 3-1 deficit against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals reflected that. But now, here he was, back, and seemingly ready to play, despite a serious calf injury. Kevin Durant had been cleared by the doctors, and there he was … jumping center on the opening tip-off? What? Was Golden State carelessly setting him up to get injured again? A quarter after already playing 12 of the first 14 minutes, Durant would try to put a move on Serge Ibaka, only to fall to the floor in pain with a feared Achilles heal tear. What in the world just happened?
“Just seems unacceptable,” says one longtime director of performance. “Doesn’t make any sense.” Said another rival training staff member: “They may have said, once the leg is warm, ride it. But I can’t imagine (Durant) did enough work to determine 12 minutes out of 14 was appropriate.” Everyone, including coach Steve Kerr (#8 BEIL), expected Durant to only play “short bursts,” but now he’s out for the foreseeable future and the NBA is reeling from what should have been an avoidable mistake.
Any Brain Type can get injured, but Jon Niednagel has long stressed that #1 FEARs, like Durant, are arguably the most susceptible to hurting themselves (being EA ‘doves’) when they are uptight, nervous, haven’t sufficiently warmed up, or have played/ performed too long. Remember #1 Chris Paul last year when he injured his hamstring during a crucial time in the playoffs?
Fellow Brain Typists, what is the dominant motor group of EAs? So if any of the taxing physical conditions listed above occur, which of the EA’s motor movements is most susceptible to injury? Exactly, their gross motors—muscles and their connective tissues from the feet to the shoulders. Why? One’s giftedness becomes a major liability if stress becomes overwhelming. Why do fine motor #5 through #8 Brain Types get too handsy succumbing to stress in sports? Yes, their dominant fine motors become a double-edged sword.
FEARs possess big-muscle body control, and as such they need to relax those muscles and tendons before pushing themselves (especially when they haven’t played in an ACTUAL game in over a month!). We feel extremely sorry for Kevin, and similarly for Warriors executive Bob Myers, a #6 BEIR who shed legit tears of sorrow on national television over the incident. Yes, there was a dominant Inanimate crying his heart out over something he felt partially responsible for. “I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me,” Myers said. “I run our basketball operations department.”
So is there anything that can be done to help further prevent such an EA catastrophe? Absolutely. For one, key electrolytes must be available in copious amounts—such as sodium, potassium, and especially magnesium. Rather than internal consumption alone, topical magnesium (citrate) cream can normally prevent cramping in any muscular/ tendon area. We’ve witnessed this for years from athletes who had access to it. Among other things, an excess of lactic acid can also create body tears. When muscles are stressed, lactic acid increases dramatically, yet ‘proper’ nutrition can typically keep them in check.
Don’t forget, the Achilles connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Additionally, the Achilles is the strongest tendon in the whole body. Nonetheless, it is susceptible to injury if one doesn’t treat it with great respect and care. Anyone with a calf injury is more vulnerable to an Achilles tear, yet wise precautions can significantly lessen chances for further injury.
The decision was ultimately up to Mr. Durant, so perhaps the buck ultimately stops with him. Still, on all fronts, it wasn’t wisest to have him jump center and play 12 of the first 14 minutes of the game, and now we’ll just have to wait and see how long it takes super Kevin to makeup a comeback.
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