With Rudy Gay still out of the lineup for the Sacramento Kings with a left Achilles injury, I thought it would be appropriate to cover kinesiotaping strategies for this important tendon. A study titled “Calcaneal loading during walking and running” published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in 2000 showed that the Achilles tendon can have load forces of up to 3.9 times your body weight when walking and 7.7 times body weight when running. Thus, it is important to help support and stabilize it especially during high impact activities such as running, volleyball, and basketball.
Below is an excellent way to apply kinesiotape on the Achilles tendon, courtesy of KT Tape.
Sacramento Kings F Rudy Gay was diagnosed with a strained left Achilles tendon after undergoing an MRI on Thursday. Gay sustained the injury in Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Rockets in the first quarter after driving into the lane and scoring on a floater. He is listed as day-to-day and was spotted in a walking boot today.
The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus) and is often injured with overuse, especially running and jumping. Chronic Achilles tendonitis can cause weakening of the tendon and lead to a rupture. A torn Achilles tendon can heal on its own over time but many doctors recommend surgery. Even then, rehabilitation of the area can take 4-6 months before returning to regular levels of activity.
For Achilles tendonitis or strains, the usual RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) protocol is the standard guideline to follow, along with the use of a walking boot to help stabilize the tendon. In addition, therapeutic ultrasound and transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) may help the healing process.
After only eclipsing the 30 minute mark once in the last 6 games, Derrick Williams played 40 minutes for the Kings after Gay left the game. Williams responded with his first double-double of the season (22 PTS, 11 REB). Should Gay be out longer than expected, Williams looks to be a good pickup.
The Sacramento Kings made history yesterday after announcing they will be accepting bitcoins for buying merchandise and tickets. This positions the Kings as the only professional sports team to currently accept this popular online currency. All transactions will be processed through BitPay, an electronic payment processing company with over 20,000 merchants.
Since its introduction in 2009, Bitcoin has been the subject of controversy. On the one hand, this form of currency makes it easier for consumers and merchants to exchange payment for goods and services. But there have also been cases of theft, black market ties, and criminal activities associated with it. The value of one Bitcoin fluctuates, and currently one Bitcoin is worth $781 US dollars. If the security and legality of this innovative currency can be ironed out, the Kings may just be the first of many professional sports teams to accept it.
The more exciting news in my opinion coming from the Kings is that on January 24, certain players, staff, mascots, announcers, and cheerleaders will be wearing Google Glasses for their game against the Indiana Pacers. This initial foray into integrating the Glass at a sporting event will be more for the novelty. Since it isn’t practical to actually play the game while wearing the device, I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of on-court action from the perspective of people on the bench and sidelines. I’m also expecting more of the pre-game hijinks akin to the promo video the Kings released.
I envision a future where Google Glass or equivalent technology becomes more easily integrated into sports gear, allowing us first person views of athletes while competing. Having such a powerful tool can enhance the fan experience, letting us see what a player sees on the court or field. In addition, stat geeks can utilize it for analytical purposes, with possible advanced metrics derived from the data letting us measure player and team performances like never before. Plus, this lets us armchair athletes step in the shoes of a LeBron throwdown or a Megatron touchdown catch. Who wouldn’t want that best seat in the house?