Klay Thompson suffered a serious injury during Game 6 of this year’s NBA Finals. The injury was initially expected to sideline him for one season, but an expert knee doctor who spent the bulk of his career studying the biomechanics of the knee thinks it will take longer for Thompson to fully heal.
Dr. Hewett and Dr. Christopher Nagell did a study on athletes who suffer ACL tears and how they heal. According to their study, it takes two years for an athlete to be able to fully return to playing the sport.
According to Heavy’s Sean Deveney, the research done by Dr. Tim Hewett, a consultant who spent the bulk of his career studying the biomechanics of the knee for the Mayo Clinic and as the director of Ohio State’s Sports Health and Performance Institute, and Dr. Christopher Nagelli of the Mayo Clinic, finds that athletes who suffer ACL tears should not return to action for two years. Dr. Hewett, who has consulted with NBA trainers in the past, explained:
“Please do share that with Klay. This is not my opinion. People say to me, ‘Well, that is your opinion, there are other opinions.’ No, I deal in science and I deal in fact. People don’t like to hear it but it does not change the facts, and that facts are that you’re at risk for re-injury before two years and you won’t be the same player in the first year.”
Earlier this offseason, the Warriors gave Thompson a five-year max contract worth $190 million. They will need to be very careful with him because they want to avoid causing further damage to his ACL. Thompson had an amazing season last year, averaging 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free-throw line.