At this point, the Los Angeles Lakers shouldn’t be surprised by Anthony Davis‘ struggles with injuries. He is trekking through another injury-plagued campaign, where he’s missed nearly half of the regular season.
The eight-time All-Star remains sidelined due to a mid-foot sprain in his right foot that has forced him to miss the last nine games, where the team holds a 2-7 record. With Davis hoping to return soon, Dr. Rami Hashish, Body Performance And Injury Expert, recently spoke to Sportscasting to provide insight on the change he believes the star forward must make to decrease his injury issues.
Anthony Davis remains optimistic about return from foot injury
Despite Anthony Davis’ immense talent, injuries have become a significant part of the story of his NBA career.
The 29-year-old is working through another difficult campaign that features him missing 30 games. He previously sat out 17 straight contests due to a sprained MCL and has missed the last nine consecutive games due to his foot injury.
Although Davis still can’t pinpoint an exact return date, he’s progressing toward playing before the end of the regular season. He no longer needs to wear a walking boot and will begin spot shooting on Monday. Before Sunday’s blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns, the star forward voiced that he’s optimistic about his return.
“I’m very optimistic about it,” Davis said via Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “I’m trying to get back on the court as soon as possible. As far as a number or something, I would love to say 100 but with only a certain amount of games yet, not 100 percent sure.”
The Lakers will closely monitor the situation as Davis’ injury history would suggest the team takes a precautionary approach. Nonetheless, the star forward’s return appears to be imminent.
Anthony Davis must make specific change to decrease injury problems
As much as Anthony Davis wants to brush aside potential long-term health concerns, he hasn’t escaped the injury bug.
He has only played 70-plus regular-season games twice in his first 10 seasons and fewer than 60 contests three times. Davis’s track record speaks for itself, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will remain the same moving forward.
Dr. Rami Hashish, the founder of the National Biomechanics Institute and the Chief Technological Officer of pareIT, recently spoke to Sportscasting, where he stated Davis must make one notable change to help absolve his nagging health issues.
“I don’t think it is what it is,” said Hashish, who has worked with the U.S. Airforce as well as NBA and NFL teams. ” I think he can make changes, but I think it has to be with a lot of effort. What I mean by that is I don’t know necessarily I can tell you the changes he should make. I can tell you he has to work a lot on his dynamic strength and his dynamic flexibility.
“What I mean by that is that a lot of injuries happen when the muscle gets fatigued. You have to put yourself in a fatigued position. You have to strength train and endurance training so you put yourself in a fatigued position, and then you go do the action that you would do on the court repetitively so that you develop strength and endurance in those situations.
“That absolutely has to be done, but he has to take a scientific approach to it. He has to really see every little thing that may be affecting his injury and attack it. I think it really starts with dynamic strength and stability for him.”
Last offseason, Davis attempted to address the issue by changing his trainer and revamping his workout routine. However, his body hasn’t reacted in the manner he hoped, as he’s experienced two significant injuries.
The 29-year-old’s injury-prone label is securely latched to his reputation, but a solution may be there to resolve that.
Lakers hold troubling path ahead to reach the playoffs
The Lakers will likely fall into the play-in tournament, sitting 5.5 games back of the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth spot.
Things are bleaker further up the standings, as Los Angeles trails the sixth-seeded Denver Nuggets by 10.5 games with 15 regular-season games left. The Lakers will need LeBron James to lead the charge to help stay afloat in the play-in tournament. They have a 1.5-game lead over the 10th-seeded New Orleans Pelicans and a 2.5-game advantage over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Los Angeles no longer holds any wiggle room, making Davis’ likely return a must to help push them forward. Ultimately, the Lakers have a troubling path ahead, which will show the team’s true identity.