Over the past day or two I have aggregated research on the bi-patellar tendon injury that afflicts 4th-round draft pick Greg Childs. What we can learn from the research is below. Before that, a couple of things.
I am not a doctor. I have no medical training, and a high school understanding of biology.
I have not consulted a doctor for this story. I have not asked a doctor for his or her opinion, nor any other medical professional.
I have no medical training. I repeated that, because it bears repeating.
As it is, I've got a pretty good level of reading comprehension (so I like to think) and an excellent ability to do research. That does not mean I have the background knowledge to be completely consulted or quoted as fact in this instance.
I imagine there are medical professionals out there who can be easily contacted, and this is merely knowledge gleaned from the internet. If I'm wrong about any of this, please correct me.
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There's a lot to discuss when it comes to Childs' injury. Most people seem to be asking if his injuries are related (and therefore predictable), if the injuries are recoverable and what the nature of the injury is. I've taken the liberty of gathering links from several sources as well as accumulated the bulk of the specific reporting on Childs' injury. The most natural thing to start with, however, is what the injury is. That will be below the jump
A patellar tendon is also referred to as a patellar ligament, and the reason that there are two names is that the patellar tendon performs the function of a ligament (connecting bones to bones), but has the tissue of a tendon (traditionally connecting muscles to bones) There's a bunch of science words that explain the difference, but the point is that it should surgically be treated as a tendon, which means that a more complete healing process can begin with mild activity within a week.
Courtesy of a website that is now dead
This is all information that Eric Sugarman has and will apply as he moves forward with the rehab schedule. There's still innovation to be done in this field, and we can be confident that Sugarman and his staff will do their best to find the most effective ways to return Childs from injury. While there's no reason to expect success, there is certainly a lot of room for optimism.
Again, we wish Childs the best, and a speedy recovery if at all possible.