LeBron James originally suffered his “rectus abdominis strain” (aka an abdominal strain) when the Lakers beat the Houston Rockets on Nov. 2. James left the game in the fourth quarter to get attended to by the training staff in the tunnel leading to the locker room, but eventually was able to return and lead his team to victory with 14 points in the final period.
The average missed time in the NBA with this specific injury is approximately four games, according to Jeff Stotts, who tracks injuries for the website In Street Clothes.
Re: LeBron: James’ injury involves the rectus abdominis (the “six-pack” muscle), a muscle most active in trunk flexion that also stabilizes the pelvis. The average missed time for an abdominal strain in the NBA is ~4 games.— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) November 5, 2021
Our own Dr. Rajpal Brar — who has a doctorate in physical therapy and provides medical analysis for Silver Screen and Roll — summarized the injury as follows:
The rectus abdominis is a core muscle that runs down the front of the stomach and to the pelvis area. This would explain why he was stretching in the manner he was in the tunnel and why he had ice on that lower region. Considering he was able to return to play effectively and was initially listed as questionable for this game, this is likely a Grade 1 strain and he’ll be assessed day to day for soreness, discomfort, functionality — similar to the ankle.
Here is his video analysis:
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