For superstar athletes (fondly referred to as “freak athletes”), injuries are a part of daily life, making sports orthopedic doctors a fixture in every professional athletic setting. A Riverside sports medicine practitioner like Dr. Wade Faerber specializes in the science that treats and heals sports-related injuries. writer Will Carroll narrates how this discipline has helped NBA franchise players Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and others stage comebacks after suffering seemingly career-ending injuries.

“Sports medicine and sports science have led to a high rate of return for NBA players. Even devastating injuries like an Achilles rupture that would have been career-ending just a decade ago are now just career-altering …new techniques in rehab and surgery piggyback well with a drive to succeed and a solid physical conditioning base.”

Immediate attention

It is of the utmost importance that an injury is treated right after it occurs to prevent further damage. Many pros who are used to playing with pain tend to “walk off” a turned ankle or bruised knee, but within seconds, team doctors are quick to examine the athlete before allowing them to continue.


On hold to heal

Every athlete’s nightmare is having their career put on hold for surgery or healing. The more common and most serious injury is tearing of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The ACL is one of several tissues in the knee joint that supports the player’s weight and allows for turning, running, and jumping. Severe damage to this will require surgery plus months of rehabilitation.

On the comeback trail

Coming back from an injury takes as much mental effort as well as physical. A recovering athlete will probably be burdened by thoughts of re-injury, underperforming, or worse, forced retirement.

“An integration of the mental and physical aspects helps return these athletes to the game, sometimes in an even better place to be able to amaze those same fans once again. Even Superman has his Kryptonite, but with the right process, elite athletes like Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant and more can put their cape back on and fly again.”

Whether you’re a stellar athlete or a weekend warrior, the challenge is the same: to get on your feet and back into the game. With the proper treatment and conditioning from sports medicine experts like Dr. Wade Faerber, everyone’s a winner.

(Article Excerpt and Image from How a Freak NBA Athlete Recovers from a Serious Injury,

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