The University of Southern California Trojans may have to play this year’s NCAA football season with a strong yet somewhat diminished defensive line, what with star player Leonard Williams and other linemen still in recovery from previous injuries. According to FanSided marketing coordinator Michael Castillo, the Trojans will have to rely on their less-experienced linemen to win their upcoming games. It remains to be seen whether or not the team’s 3-4 defensive scheme will work:


Both Townsend and Temple have limited experience and can be serviceable, but a history injuries and some ineffectiveness cast a bit of doubt, fair or not.


The Trojans managed to play with just three down linemen against Stanford last season, and won. But over-playing the big guns takes a toll physically and praises for being an iron man fall on deaf ears if it results in being worn down, ineffective and more susceptible to injury.

One of the injuries holding the USC Trojans back, particularly lineman Kenny Bigelow, is known as an ‘anterior cruciate ligament’ (ACL) sprain or tear—a type of knee injury prevalent among sports that involve plenty of legwork, like football and basketball. However, this description doesn’t even begin to describe the impact of this injury, such as long-term cartilage damage. Fortunately, a respected Riverside sports medicine practitioner such as Dr. Wade Faerber would have the experience and knowhow necessary to treat ACL injuries effectively and thereby bring players up to speed in terms of their recovery.

ACL tears typically occur when the knees are overused or when they experience sudden strains (e.g. while running). Surprisingly, some studies say that ACL tears are actually more common among females than males due to differences in physical conditioning, muscle control, and the like. These injuries are classified using at least three grades: Grade 1 for mild sprains, Grade 2 for partial tears, and Grade 3 for ‘complete’ tears (i.e. split into two). While it’s possible to treat minor ACL tears without medical intervention, surgery remains the ideal course of action in many cases.

In fact, upon sustaining an ACL injury, football players are almost always instructed to undergo surgery performed by a qualified orthopedic from Riverside, CA such as Dr. Wade Faerber . Offensive and defensive linemen, in particular, are 90 to 93 percent more likely to undergo surgery, compared to kickers (61 to 84 percent) and quarterbacks (84 percent), as reported by the NFL. Such a treatment can be

The Trojans’ defensive line would have to find their own orthopedist should Williams or the other lineman suffer yet another injury. For now, they can look forward to a grueling season this year.

(Source: 2014 USC Football Preview: The Defensive Line, FanSided, August 19, 2014)

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