Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis has suffered his fair share of injuries over the years — I can count nearly ten off the top of my head during his three-year tenure with the Lakers alone.
Since his Lakers’ tenure began, Davis has dealt with a multitude of injuries including to the hand/wrist, shoulder, elbow, Achilles, adductor, knee and mid-foot. Davis’ extensive injury history has led to the label that he is “soft.”
However, after looking closely at Davis’ injuries and having expert knowledge on the topic, I can say that Davis is anything but. Here’s why:
We see maybe 15-20% of what NBA players are going through, as there’s so much happening behind the scenes, especially when it comes to managing injuries, aches and pains.
I know it’s frustrating to see Davis miss games (imagine how he feels). I know we all wish he was healthy more often. And I know we all wish that we didn’t panic every time he hits the floor again — but none of that means he is “soft.” That’s been proven repeatedly.
Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own in-person and online sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA in which he further combines his movement expertise and fitness training. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 4 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), has a background in youth basketball coaching and analyzes the Lakers from a medical and skills perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.