Keeping NBA Players Healthy During Long, Physically Demanding Season

February 24, 2017

The NBA regular season is very physically demanding for most of the league's players.  Often times, teams are playing every two or three days, and sometimes even back to back days. The NBA All-Star break provides players time to physically relax, although each player's body responds differently to an extended period of time off. 

Dr. Gregory Nicholson, sports medicine orthopedic surgeon and team physician for the Chicago Bulls, shares his perspective on the NBA All-Star break as well as how athletic training staff and team physicians work together to manage each players health throughout the entirety of the NBA season. 

"Many injuries are repetitive injuries, the use and the overuse, and the body's ability to repair or overcome that night-in, night-out exertion."

Dr. Nicholson specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, utilizing state-of-the-art arthroscopic and open surgical techniques to treat sports-related, traumatic, arthritic, and occupational conditions of the shoulder and elbow.