Even though I am no longer in the league, I still follow what’s going on in the NBA to a degree.
And this weekend was a weekend loaded with season-ending injuries.
First, you have Demarcus Cousins go down with an achilles rupture, then you have Andre Roberson go down with a patellar tendon tear, and then my boi Mike Conley is out for the season with heel surgery.
The NBA is a tough league.
Since the Cousins injury occurred first, I wanted to give you my initial thoughts as to when it happened.
Having witnessed an achilles tear occur this with a player I worked with, it’s something you never wish upon anyone.
For those who don’t know, Demarcus is the stud center for the New Orleans Pelicans. He has a very cool style of play where he can battle in the post, drive with mad handles, hit the three ball, pass, and is a rebounding monster. He has also been having one of his best years yet.
What he’s not known for is being this ripped physical specimen, a level headed player, or one who is in the best shape. When he came into the league, he was hovering at about 16.3% bodyfat, which for some odd reason is a stat many teams obsess over1.
Every week, my newsletter subscribers get links to some of the goodies that I’ve come across on the internets.
Here were the goodies that my peeps got their learn on from this past August.
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Biggest Lesson of the Month
Life ought to focus on creating value, for the people you work with, for others, for the world, for yourself. When you create value, rewards will come.
Quote of the Month
“Common 99% thinking won’t get you uncommon 100% results” ~ MJ Demarco
MJ Demarco is becoming one of my favorite authors, and he inspired the biggest lesson above.
Hike of the Month
I didn’t get much hiking in this past month, namely because I was prepping for my talks in the land of China. However, while in China, my hotel was right next to this really cool park that I walked through frequently. Amazing amalgamation of architecture, flora, and people.
The Trick to a Perfect Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat
My son, Trevor Rappa, gave us a great cue on nailing the rear foot elevated split squat. Perfect for those people who sag into the back leg.
Weight Position During the Squat
Want to more effectively load the legs when you are squatting? Here is one of the most impactful changes I’ve made when coaching squats.
Daddy-O Pops Bill Hartman just killing it with the content, fam. This time around, he discusses how he approaches individuals who get knee pain during split stance activities; a common problem I’ve struggled with in the past. Thank you for helping a son out, pops.
Want to get into mediation but don’t want to spend the buck on Headspace or Calm? Then Insight Timer is your answer. There are several different styles of meditation available in this completely free app.
I will admit, you have to sift through a lot of crap to find the particular meditations that work for you, but once you find one’s that work, you are golden.
My favorites so far are “The Warrior” by Michelle DuVal and Franko Heke 5 Min Guided Meditation
Eric Barker’s “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” blog is hands down one of my favorite blogs on the internet. He spends a great deal of time researching multitudes of topics, getting quotes from others, and writing about damn interesting material. This time, he discusses meditation, multiple “yous,” and so much more.
I’ve been binge listening to Robb Wolf’s podcast as of late (a great thing about vacations), and I found this one to be particularly fascinating. Here Dr. Alleman discusses how he is saving healthcare by using a subscription-based system for his patients. It’s quite fascinating how this system is saving his clients, including small businesses, money. I’d definitely check this one out.
I’m a big time ruminator on things. Something I’ve been trying to work on. Here, my boi Seth Oberst discusses how movement can help reduce the urge to ruminate, and how it’s a much better alternative than being on your phone.
Man this hit home for me on many levels. My man Dean Somerset wrote an awesome post on what it feels like to experience imposter syndrome, and how all of us have to start from the bottom. It’s about the process, and continuing to grow the process.
This book has really hit me hard and made me think about the way I am approaching finances, making money, and many other things. This book will challenge all your preconceived notions about what to do with your money.
Eric Barker is one of my favorite bloggers and I am enjoying his book quite a bit. Do you want to find out if nice guys finish last? Or maybe you want to learn from prison inmates how important trust is. He has so many great nuggets in this book that I’m certain you won’t be disappointed.
This is probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Want to hear every music genre that has ever existed, then get a Spotify playlist having music within that genre? Because That is exactly what this site does. Un…be…lievable.
[WARNING, EXPLICIT CONTENT] Good…Lord…Listen to this. Royce is by far one of my favorite rappers. Like, in my top 10, pushing to get into my top 5. Here is a dope mixtape he put together where he just expresses his lyricism; many on some of your favorite beats.
Some of my favorite include “C Dolores,” “Still Waiting,” “Gov Ball,” and “Chopping Block”
Side note: got to meet Royce at a concert with like 10 people. He really is 5’9″. And he’s a cool cat.
[WARNING, EXPLICIT CONTENT] Some call him the modern day 2pac, Gangsta Gibbs himself takes street rap to a whole new level. This joint gets him talking about his time he was in jail overseas. It’s a great mix of some serious stuff with his typical gangsta fare. Freddie is currently one of my favorite modern rappers, so please give him a listen. Crushed Glass and Homesick are my favorite two.
Which goodies did you find useful? Comment below and let me know what you think.
You shed that mindset with the game on the line. You must do all in your power to get that player back on the court tonight, expediting the return process to the nth degree.
I had a problem.
Figuring out the most efficient way to treat an ankle sprain was needed to help our team succeed. I searched the literature, therapeutic outskirts, and tinkered in order to devise an effective protocol.
The result? We had 12 ankle sprains this past season. After performing the protocol, eight were able to return and finish out the game. Out of the remaining four, three returned to full play in two days. The last guy? He was released two days after his last game.
It’s a tough business.
The best part was we had no re-sprains. An impressive feat considering the 80% recurrence rate¹. Caveats aside, treating acute injuries with an aggressive mindset can be immensely effective.
This is a summary of section 2 of “Explain Pain” by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley.
Tissue Injury 101
When a body is damaged, pain is often the best guide to promote optimal healing. Sometimes it is good for us to rest, other times it is better to move.
A similar healing process occurs for all tissue injuries. First, inflammation floods the injured area with immune and rebuilding cells. This reason is why inflammation is a good thing in early injury stages.
A scar forms once the inflammatory process is over. The tissue then remodels to attempt to become as good as the original. Blood supply and tissue requirements determine how fast the healing process occurs. For example, ligaments heal much slower than skin because the former has a lower blood supply than the latter. This may also be a reason why aerobic exercise may speed up the healing process.
If present, pain usually diminishes as the tissues heal. However, pain may persist if the nervous system still feels under threat.
Acid and Inflammation
The alarm sensors described here constantly work and often get us to move. Movement keeps our system flushed. When we don’t move or a physical obstruction is present (e.g. sitting), acid and by-products build up in the body tissues. Oftentimes we will start to feel aches and pains when we stay in a prolonged position, which is our body’s way of saying “get up and move.”
Much like the alarm system, inflammation is a primitive way for our body to continue the healing process. Inflammation is designed to hurt so the injured area has time to heal. There is no need to fret when swelling, redness, and pain are present; our internal systems are merely repairing us.
We call swelling and its corresponding cells the “inflammatory soup.” This soup is a by-product of blood and chemical transportation, and sets off our body’s alarm system to increase sensitivity. All of these changes are essential to facilitating a healing environment.
Everybody be hatin’ on muscles nowadays as the source of our aches and pains. However, the authors put muscles in perspective for us with the following points.
Muscles are loaded with sensors, so can impact the pain experience.
Muscles can become unhealthy and weak.
Muscles are very difficult to injure, they are just very responsive structures.
Muscles are well vascularized which allows for quick healing.
The reason the authors wish to change the name of these structures is because anatomically they do not resemble a disk at all. The new name is “living adaptable force transducers,” or LAFTs.
LAFTs are made up of the same material as your ear, and contain some very strong ligaments. In the medical world, we have many different treatment modalities that target the LAFT. We have McKenzie, traction, surgery, and injection to name a few. Because there are so many different treatments for these structures, it is fair to say that LAFT injuries are still not fully understood.
LAFTs also come with very strong language: slipped, bulging, herniated. Using such strong language can stop someone from moving, which is far from the ideal regarding low back pain.
Here are some LAFT facts.
The LAFT outer layer has a nerve supply, so danger sensors can become activated easily. If the LAFT becomes injured, the surrounding structures will likely set off danger sensors as well. You want a lot of danger sensors if something is occurring near the spinal cord. It is kind of a big deal.
LAFT injuries usually do not cause instant pain. Pain usually occurs 8-12 hours later.
LAFTs naturally degenerate and do not have to contribute to a pain experience. At least 30% (and potentially up to 80%) of people without low back pain have LAFTs bulging.
LAFTs never slip.
LAFTs heal slowly, but they will always be a bit tatty around the edges. This attribute makes it hard to distinguish aging from injury.
LAFTs, spinal joints, and nerves are built to withstand high forces.
Skin and Soft Tissues
Our knowledge of pain is based predominantly on the skin. The skin mirrors the nervous system’s state. Rarely is the case that skin injury leads to chronic pain however. On the flipside, painful skin zones; changes in skin health; and altered sweating or hair growth can all be indicators of damaged nerves.
How often have you seen or had your skin become increasingly sensitive to touch after an injury? This is a common phenomenon that occurs because cutaneous nerves increase sensitivity in order to protect an injured area. Here are some other skin and soft tissue facts.
Damaged skin heals very quickly.
Skin has a high danger sensor density.
Skin is very mobile and loves movement.
Fascia is a strong tissue that lies under the skin and also contains many danger sensors.
Massage moves tissues and sends impulses to the brain. Therefore, movement and touch are great ways to refresh the virtual and actual body.
Bones and Joints
Most joints have lining known as synovium which keeps the joint contained and lubricated. This lining is loaded with danger sensors. Here are some other facts.
Joint pain seems to be dependent at which the speed damage occurs. Slow changes usually do not make the brain think there is danger. A dislocation however may lead to severe pain. Most people with worn joints never know about it.
Everyone has worn joints as we age. They are the wrinkles on the inside.
Joints love movement and compression.
Broken bones heal and are often stronger than before.
Joints in the back and neck can get injured, but may be too small to see on imaging. This may or may not set off the alarm bells.
Most of today’s neuroscientists agree that peripheral nerve problems are far more common than we think. Here are some fun facts regarding nerves.
Nerves have danger sensors.
Neurons can contribute to pain.
If a nerve becomes injured, it may become more sensitive to ensure you survive.
Nerves slide as we move. If a nerve cannot slide well, pain may occur while moving.
Nerves change as we age, just like everything else in our bodies.
Scans and nerve conduction tests cannot easily identify a damaged nerve.
Nerves can be injured but may not create a danger message for days to weeks.
The Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG)
The DRG is like the brain of the peripheral nervous system. This is the first place that tissue messages are evaluated. Here are some facts for DRGs
Peripheral nerves have their nucleus in the DRG. It is here that sensors are made.
The DRG is extremely sensitive and changeable.
The DRG is very sensitive to blood chemicals, especially stress chemicals.
Sometimes the DRG fires just because. It is like your body’s car alarm. Sometimes the DRG can be hurt without having any pain too.
When a nerve is injured, oftentimes it will backfire. The reason for this is like a domino effect. If a nerve is stimulated at one end, it will send messages up the system to go to the other end.
Backfiring may not be an issue for the short term, but its persistence can lead to sustained inflammation. A less sensitive nervous system may lessen the amount of inflammation in the tissues.
Here are the common symptoms associated with peripheral nerve pain.
Movement or a sustained posture may ignite an injured nerve which keeps ringing.
May not hurt for a few days or weeks.
Skin zones may become itchy.
Might just feel weird.
Just because you feel these symptoms does not mean it is the end of the world. Understand that nerves are just responding to signals from the brain that tell them to increase sensitivity and improve warning capacity.