T-Mac Could Return Before Start Of Season
Sep 17, 2009 5:22 PM EST
Tracy McGrady has been working with Tim Grover and physical therapist David Reavy for weeks trying to get himself back into playing shape.
Reavy is so convinced of the progress that he suggested recently that the Rockets superstar could be ready to go by October 1 and back in the lineup when the season starts, a recovery plan that would have him healthy weeks in advance of the average patient. Reavy and company have been working on a plan to even McGrady's body out again.
"His whole body was imbalanced from basically his shoulder blades down to his feet," Reavy says. "He was developing a lot of back problems ... He was developing strength in an imbalanced fashion. And what I see in Tracy, in general, he had no core strength, he couldn't hold a plank."
So Reavy and Grover devised a rehab plan that would help bring it all back -- the work is already paying dividends.
"[Tracy] took a hard fall seven years ago in 2002 and he said he was never able to dunk off his left leg [since]. We got him dunking off his left leg four and a half months post micro-fracture, which is basically unheard of," Reavy says. "The results that we get here are basically unprecedented because we take the force off the injured area, we make the body absorb the force equally, so that it can heal properly and faster without the loading that it's constantly getting before.
still they would be lacking Yao which would hurt them but they would be a playoff team i think.
That's good for him. I never knew that he couldnt dunk off his left leg...well not that anyone would lol...but that's good for him. I thought for sure he would be back after the all-star break.
Playoff Team if T-Mac is back and healthy for the whole Season. Still got one of the best supporting cast in the whole league and McGrady has done it before with this team when Yao was out we got to the first round against Jazz, but lost. Still, I think he'd be highly motivated this season. It's old news and Houston fans have lost trust in McGrady, but this is his last chance to stay in the league and earn a fat paycheck so he better come ready.
Tim Grover is a beast.
Yeah, it's a workout for your core. To "hold a plank," lay belly flat on the floor and hold yourself up using only your elbows, forearms and toes. Keep your body as straight as possible. If you can hold a plank for 30+ seconds, then you're considered to have good core strength. Another good exercise for your core is plate raises. To do these, take a barbell plate and hold it at waist level. Then, raise it to chest level, hold for a count of 2, and lower. Sorry to get off topic like that :)
Anyways, it's good to hear about the possibility of T-Mac returning to the court early. Hopefully, he can stay on the court for 70+ games this year if he returns before the season starts.
i'll boost you back up man.
Not being able to do a plank really shows that T-Mac's trainer or T-Mac himself were very lazy on his rehab. There is no excuse for that kind of neglance to staying in playing condition. I am very glad to hear that he is in top shape and excited to see if he will bounce back to T-Mac form.