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Great post!I believe he had double groin surgery. From my opinion/perspective, I’m not sure the recovery time for the surgery he had. We’ll have to ask Doc. If he has adequate time to recover and then to actually begin training he could have a shot. Additionally if (and this is definitely an if) the groin surgery helped correct an issue that was causing a compensation issue that could help him in staying healthy. From a non medical perspective, think of a young tree that is being supported by 2 guy wires on either side. If you take one of the guy wires and crank it tightly it will pull the tree out of whack. This situation can create issues because muscles have what’s call a length tension relationship. This just means that muscles function optimally at certain lengths. If they get too long of too short they’re not as strong and therefore cannot handle the forces that they could under normal condition. This is thought to be a contributing factor in hamstring injuries in particular. If they pelvis is tilted too far anteriorly it can put a stretch load on the hamstrings. There’s a phase in sprinting where the hamstrings very rapidly stretched (just prior to contacting the ground), so if the length tension relationship was altered by a pelvis that is tilted too far anteriorly it could put the hamstrings at a greater risk of injury. The groin muscles could be talking about the adductors or hip flexors which if tight could alter pelvic position. I don’t know what he had repaired or what the issue was so I’m just pointing out a scenario.
Im hopeful they get Fuller figured out because when healthy he’s really good and definitely a difference maker. We really need him to be healthy and productive this year
Fuller underwent bilateral "sports hernia" surgery in January. At 8 month postop, there should be no doubt that he should be fully rehabbed. As I have posted on numerous occasions including re. Clowney, there is a study that demonstrates that ~86% of those developing a "sports hernia" have an underlying hip joint deformity, which if not corrected will continue to place the player at significant risk for lower limb/core instability which otisbean can elaborate on its known musculotendinous and ligamentous consequences.
Remember that Clowney originally underwent his bilateral "sports hernia" repairs in 2014 and then recently required surgery for recurrence of a "sports hernia." These type of core injuries have come to be so common in the NFL..........with weakening on one side, causing more stressing on the other..........and weakening the other side..........and vice versa................so surgeons now basically perform bilateral repairs routinely in order to avoid having to come back for the other side when it goes from weakened to overtly torn.
Limited studies demonstrate that ~90% of players return to play and usually close to their previous performance. But their careers are foreshortened compared to controls (those not having incurred a "sports hernia")............typically to injury. Fuller will likely carry increased risk of hamstring and other lower extremity injuries to the end of his career. The medical staff/trainers will need to routinely test the balance of his lower extremity muscles.............and adjust training accordingly in order to minimize further injury.