I don't think its wear and tear. I mean it is but i think its they're footwear. They've been playing 82 games a year for awhile now but the injuries are starting to get more frequent and severe. So what changed? I'm a running specialist and the current trend in footwear is lightweight, lighter, lighter, lighter. The problem is that in order to make a shoe lighter you have to take something out of it. The uppers are thinner, soles are too flexible and less supportive. Meshes reduced. So these ball players feet aren't secure, heels moving around and their ball sneakers are flexing in ways that the feet or legs and knees can't react to. The vendors are constructing these basketball sneakers like running sneakers. But running is just a forward motion and the dynamic motions of basketball are not good for these new trendy light weight sneakers.
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