PODCAST: Tyrese Haliburton sidelined — injury talk with athletic trainer Jeff Stotts
Getting answers to the questions you have on Haliburton's hamstring strain: What's the severity? Timeline to return? Treatments options? Plus, thoughts on Nembhard (back) and Brown (knee).
On this episode of the Fieldhouse Files podcast, Tyrese Haliburton is sidelined for at least the next few weeks. What you need to know about this injury and why it was the best-case outcome — with athletic trainer Jeff Stotts, who has been tracking NBA injuries for more than a decade on InStreetClothes.com.
Among the items discussed on this episode:
The Pacers rebounding from a poor stretch after the tournament.
Winning eight of their last nine games after being .500.
Treatment and recovery for his hamstring strain.
Andrew Nembhard's mid-back sprain.
Bruce Brown’s right knee bone bruise.
“Really, it’s a best-case scenario,” Stotts said on the podcast. “That’s what it boils down to. Keep in mind that the hamstring is not one muscle, it’s a muscle complex. So it’s multiple muscles that work together. The strain that Haliburton has is likely in one of those muscle groups — they (the team) did not specify that. And that’s where this gets a little bit tricky, in terms of comparing (to other players) because often times it’s just listed as a hamstring strain.
“… The Grade 1 injury means that the fibers of the muscle involved are intact, so there was no tearing of the true muscle fibers. Now likely what happened is, based on the mechanism of the injury that splits action, the fibers that make up the muscle were overstretched but stayed intact. If it was torn, a partial tear would’ve been graded a Grade 2 and a complete tear would’ve been a Grade 3 or higher depending on the amount fibers torn. Again, best-case scenario here.”
Stotts shared that according to his injury database, the average time missed of confirmed Grade 1 hamstring strain in the NBA is about two weeks: Five games or about 13 days. And that basically doubles if it would’ve been Grade 2.