Adductor injuries in the National Basketball Association: an analysis of return to play and player performance from 2010 to 2019
Objectives: 1) To evaluate return to play (RTP) timing in National Basketball Association (NBA) athletes following adductor injuries, and 2) to evaluate the effect of adductor injuries on player performance, game availability, and career longevity following RTP.
Methods: Adductor injuries in NBA athletes from the 2009-2010 to 2018-2019 seasons were identified utilizing publicly available records via previously validated methodology. RTP time was calculated, and player performance and game availability were compared pre- vs. post-injury. Additionally, an injury-free control group matched for age, BMI, position, and experience was assembled to allow for comparisons in performance, availability, and career length.