Explaining Damian Lillard’s grade 1 groin strain, return to play timeline, and reinjury risks

Explaining Damian Lillard’s grade 1 groin strain, return to play timeline, and reinjury risks


Hey, it’s Raj from 3CB Performance. Portland Trailblazers superstar & proud Oakland
product Damian Lillard suffered a “right groin strain” vs the Grizzlies on 2/12. In this video, I’ll explain the injury,
his return timeline, and reinjury risk. A groin strain refers to a tear in one or
multiple groin muscles, most commonly one of the muscles in the “adductor group”
which consists of five distinct muscles. Other surrounding anatomy can be involved
as well. The Trailblazers announced that Lillard will
be out for roughly one to two weeks which indicates a mild grade I tear. That’s excellent
news for Dame but one thing to keep in mind is that adductor muscles are notoriously sensitive
which can lead to delays in rehab and lingering soreness. Dame will be at higher risk for reinjury because
previous injury is one of the most predictive risk factors for future adductor strain Further, Lillard is at increased risk for
reinjury because research indicates that the more competitive the level of play, the higher
the risk of adductor reinjury Lastly, it’s likely not a coincidence that
Dame suffered this injury after a month of heavy workload and increased usage, on his
quest of carrying the Blazers to the 8 seed. It’s well established that large increases
in activity intensity and quantity significantly increase soft tissue injury risk, particularly
for the adductors which are involved in numerous movements and help stabilize both the hips
and lower leg. For all these reasons, the Portland medical
staff will keep a very careful eye on Lillard after he returns. That’s a wrap for this video. Thanks for
watching. My goal is to provide you with in-depth, evidence based, narrative free analysis and
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