Kevin Ware begins recovery from dramatic leg break

April 2, 2013

Topic: common basketball injuries

Kevin Ware begins recovery from dramatic leg break

Shock set in Sunday night during the NCAA basketball game between Louisville and Duke. Though mishaps involving the leg are common basketball injuries, Kevin Ware, player for the Louisville Cardinals, caught many people off-guard when he went down on the court and broke his right leg in two places.

Seeing white bone sticking out of Ware's leg, his teammates and those attending the game reacted with understandable emotion.

Even viewers at home were privy to the intensity of the injury. CBS stopped showing replays of the accident, according to an ESPN report, as seeing the leg so mangled was too gruesome.

Louisville went on to win the game, 85 to 63, after Ware went to the hospital. 

The Associated Press reported that the surgery to reset Ware's fractured tibia took two hours. Additionally, surgeons put a rod into the bone and sewed up the wound. 

The procedure was successful, though infection is a risk because the bone ruptured through Ware's skin. 

"It will be a long recovery, but we expect him to make a full recovery," said Rick Pitino, head coach of the Cardinals, quoted by the AP.

Ware is on crutches, and will likely be able to go to Atlanta with his team for the Final Four games.  

Leg injuries are not rare in basketball. According to a 2006 study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, in both the NBA and the WNBA, most injuries occur in players' lower extremities. 

Though frequent in basketball, leg breaks are common sports injuries in general.

Joe Theissman, former quarterback for the Washington Redskins, previously suffered a leg injury similar to Ware's in a game.

"There are two elements to rehabilitation...there's the injury that heals and then there's the emotional aspect of it," said Theissman, as quoted by ESPN.

By undergoing surgery, Ware already took the first step in physical rehabilitation. In rejoining his teammates in Atlanta, he may begin recovering emotionally. 

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