Tall Players Like Joel Embiid Are More Prone to Injury

This was never supposed to be Joel Embiid’s draft. College stars Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins were expected to be the frontrunners for 2014. But as the NCAA season began, Embiid, a center for Kansas, amazed, prompting his coach to compare him to Hakeem Olajuwon. He was ascendant — the kind of guy an NBA team tanks for.Then came the injuries. Embiid sprained his left knee early in the season and suffered a bone contusion, missing only one game. Later, right before the Big 12 tournament, doctors diagnosed him with a spondylolysis, a stress fracture in his lower back. The injury forced him out of the NCAA tournament but not out of the NBA draft. Many draft boards had him going first, convinced that teams would see the potential beyond the injuries.But last week Embiid had surgery to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his foot. He’s reported to be out four to six months, and with the draft on Thursday there’s no telling where he’ll fall. USA Today now projects that Embiid will be the third pick and an NBA.com consensus mock draft projects him at fifth.Teams may be right to show concern about Embiid’s injuries, in part because of his height. Embiid is listed as 7’ tall by ESPN. Examining recent high draft picks reveals that taller players have gone on to miss a larger percentage of games than their shorter peers. Since 2000, 97 players 6’9” and taller have been drafted by teams with lottery selections (the first 13 or 14 picks in the draft, depending on the year). These players missed 17.9 percent of their potential NBA games (regular season and postseason, where appropriate) to injury over the course of their careers, while the 95 players 6’8” or shorter missed just 13.5 percent. The percentage of games missed generally increases as height increases. Players 7’0” or taller have missed nearly 24 percent of their games.That doesn’t factor in Embiid’s specific injuries. The navicular bone injury is the most troubling. The navicular is one of the tarsal bones located in the mid-foot, and an injury to the area is significant. In Embiid’s case, it required surgical intervention.Other players have had navicular fractures (it was the only injury to sideline Michael Jordan for an extended period of time in Chicago), but it’s been fairly uncommon the last few years. I keep a database of every injury in the NBA for any player who’s played since 2009, including each player’s entire injury history, even if the injury took place before 2009. Only seven affected NBA players out of a possible 900+ in my data set had a navicular fracture.Perimeter players including Jordan and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin both fared well following navicular fractures. But unfortunately for Embiid, the precedent set by big men to suffer the injury doesn’t inspire much confidence. In three of the seven navicular cases (including for perimeter and post players), the fracture reoccurred or additional surgery was needed. All three players (Curtis Borchardt, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Yao Ming) stood 7 feet or taller. There’s another seven-footer, too, whose prognosis we’re not sure of yet: Brendan Haywood suffered a navicular fracture in October 2013 and didn’t play a minute this year for Charlotte. We’ll have to wait to see how his foot holds up.Small sample size, of course, but it begins to tell us what teams might be able to expect from Embiid. And there are always outliers. The careers of Kevin McHale (who played too long ago to be included in my database) and Ilgauskas provide some optimism. McHale bounced back following his injury in the 1987 postseason and played seven more seasons, including four at an All-Star level. Ilgauskas also went on to have a productive career.Then again, that only happened after his third foot surgery, a procedure that involved reshaping multiple bones in his foot. read more

FORTIS TCI SAYS DISCOUNTS MORE THAN ONE PENNY PUBLIC WANTS PROTECTION AGENCY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jan 2014 – Strong comments still coming in as residents express themselves on the cost of fuel and cost of electricity as the world continues to watch oil prices plummet to 2009 lows. One resident is calling for a consumer protection agency to be established, saying they believe the decreases on the power bills are not sufficient enough. Malike Cummings, the country’s Energy Commissioner disagrees pointing out that the fuel factor rate has steadily decreased month on month; he sent us a report where he demonstrates his tracking of the power company’s trends up to November 2014. There have been four consecutive months of decreases from August. Nonetheless, in a letter to Magnetic Media, the business owner charges that we have only seen one penny difference in electricity bill. Fortis TCI in response to our query on the matter says, that’s not accurate… “The Fuel Factor across FortisTCI service territory has fallen by an average of 14% since August 2014 … the Company’s Fuel Factor calculations are also checked and confirmed monthly by the Energy and Utilities Commissioner.” The Energy Commissioner told Magnetic Media that the fuel factor rate discounts show the per gallon decreases; and that there are 45 gallons per barrel. Well, Magnetic Media did the math and found that the difference is just slightly above one penny. For August the decreased fuel factor rate was .02447 and for November, the fuel factor rate was .02203. When you subtract the two and multiply it by 45 for the amount of gallons in each barrel; the figure is 0.1098; slighty above one cent. Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Related Items:energy and utilities commissioner, fortis tci, fuel factor, malike cummings, Oil priceslast_img read more

first_img — Our Government Is Corrupt! This is the most sophisticated case of political corruption we’ve ever seen… But it’s not happening in Russia… Ukraine… or even China. The biggest offenders are right here, in the United States of America. Click here for details. – Recommended Links It was launched from Warsaw, Poland, recently and involves 31,000 NATO troops. Operation Anaconda 2016 is one of the most important stories you’re not hearing about. It shows how perilously close the world is to another global war. I found out about Operation Anaconda 2016 while in Warsaw with Doug Casey earlier this year. (Incidentally, Poland is one of the cheapest, most enjoyable countries I’ve ever been to. A 30-minute taxi ride from the middle of Warsaw to the airport is only $5. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an entrée in one of the nicest restaurants for over $15. Poland does not use the European currency, the euro. It has its own currency, the zloty. And the zloty’s weakness is a big reason Poland is so inexpensive today. By the way, “zloty” means “gold” in Polish. But the currency has no tie to gold. It’s just a paper currency, like the dollar and euro are.) Operation Anaconda 2016 is controversial even within NATO. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently said: Whoever believes that a symbolic tank parade on the alliance’s eastern border will bring security is mistaken. We are well advised to not create pretexts to renew an old confrontation. Although Steinmeier said Operation Anaconda 2016 is symbolic, he failed to mention exactly what it symbolizes. First, an anaconda is a giant snake. It kills its prey by squeezing it. From the Russian perspective, they’re the ones who feel squeezed. This is precisely what the U.S. has been doing by fomenting so-called colored revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia (both on Russia’s periphery) and trying to absorb them into NATO. Second, this unprecedented “tank parade” on Russia’s borders symbolizes nothing less than World War 3. (Doug Casey: It’s provocative, and actually quite insane. The Western media paints the Russians as the aggressors, which—let me shock you by saying this—is the opposite of the truth. Russia is an economic minnow, producing nothing but oil and gas, and mostly unprofitably, at current prices. Its population is in permanent decline, and it’s actually a disintegrating empire with a dozen secession movements. Its only serious industrial sector is manufacturing weapons, but even the most advanced Sukhois and MiGs (like the F-22 and F-35) are artifacts of a bygone era. The Russians aren’t in a position to threaten anyone—entirely apart from the fact that conquering neighboring countries no longer makes sense. In today’s world, you’re no longer acquiring an asset to be looted, but taking on a liability. As for NATO, it’s outlived its usefulness by over 25 years. The huge military bureaucracy is just a hammer in search of a nail. It should be abolished before it gets everyone in a lot of trouble.) Russian President Vladimir Putin has reacted to Operation Anaconda 2016 with alarm. At a recent press conference, he warned Western mainstream media journalists that the world is sleepwalking into World War 3, saying: We know year by year what’s going to happen, and they know that we know. It’s only you that they tell tall tales to, and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. You people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger—this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? While they pretend that nothing is going on. I don’t know how to get through to you anymore. U.S. politicians like to use Putin as a piñata to show how tough they are. Hillary Clinton has declared Putin to be the new Hitler. This is the kind of thinking that fueled Operation Anaconda 2016. Now, we’re not referees charged with deciding which political players are good guys and which are bad guys. However, the portrait of Putin as a Hitler or a crazy man leading his country toward disaster—the picture you get from the mainstream media and from many politicians—is suitable only for propaganda posters. I don’t give two you-know-whats about what happens in Eastern Europe, except to the extent that it might spark World War 3 and cause us to get vaporized in a nuclear exchange. Albert Einstein once said, “I know not with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.” Editor’s note: Since economies around the world are all weakening, and political leaders are all similar in essential mindset, there’s good reason to believe the trend toward World War 3 is accelerating. Unfortunately, there’s little any individual can do to change the trajectory of this trend in motion. The best you can (and should) do is stay informed so that you can protect yourself in the best way possible and even profit from the situation. That’s exactly why Doug and his team just released this urgent video that describes how you and your loved ones can protect yourselves (and even prosper) during this time. We urge you to check it out. Click here to start watching now. Editor’s note: It’s one of the most important stories you’re not hearing about—and it shows how dangerously close the world is to another global war. Today, International Man editor Nick Giambruno describes the terrifying things he and Casey Research founder Doug Casey discovered about “Operation Anaconda 2016.” This eye-opening essay has already gone viral…and we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t share it in the Dispatch. We hope you enjoy. By Nick Giambruno, senior editor, International Man It took 3 million soldiers, 3,000 tanks, 7,000 artillery pieces, and 2,500 aircraft… “Operation Barbarossa” was the code name for Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. It was the largest military operation in human history. The Nazis had already conquered most of Europe. Hitler had grown overconfident from his recent military victories. Now he was hunting for big game… Stalin’s USSR. Throughout history, many European invaders, including Napoleon, suffered monumental defeats when they took on Russia. Despite this, Hitler thought he could succeed where they had failed. The idea was to inflict a total defeat on the Soviets in a matter of months, before the notoriously brutal Russian winter began. At first, it looked like the Germans might succeed. The Soviets were taken by surprise and were disorganized. But those initial victories wouldn’t be enough. Thanks to stubborn resistance and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of Soviet troops, Operation Barbarossa stalled. The Germans didn’t make it to Moscow before winter. The ruthless cold weather would prove to be a far more effective weapon than anything in the Soviet arsenal. Hitler’s hopes of quickly taking out the USSR perished in the brutal cold. It ultimately turned the tide of the war against Germany. But the Soviet victory cost millions of lives. By the end of the war, the Soviets had lost over 20 million people. Some estimate they lost many millions more. By comparison, the U.S. lost around 400,000 people. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Russians get a little prickly when a foreign military starts marching toward their borders. And recently… for the first time since Operation Barbarossa, German tanks are once again advancing on Russia’s border. You probably haven’t heard this extraordinary piece of news. That’s because the mass media has basically ignored and obscured it. They’ve been busy covering far more important things… like transgender issues and Kim Kardashian’s latest stunt. That’s why I want to tell you about Operation Anaconda 2016. It’s the largest war game in Eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War. It’s essentially a rehearsal to secure a quick NATO victory in the event of war with Russia. Middle East Oil Bomb Set to Blindside U.S. Investors A Saudi-led coalition has unleashed an “oil weapon” on the U.S. The first shock waves are expected to hit hard and leave investors stunned. Some could be left penniless. Yet people who see clearly what’s about to happen now have the chance to add six figures to their account. In fact, $109,845 is a CONSERVATIVE estimate of the profits now at stake. Full analysis found here.last_img read more

Fentanyl surpasses heroin in cause of US drug overdose deaths

Source:https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr67/nvsr67_09-508.pdf Epidemiologists and researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics led by Dr. Holly Hedegaard write that cocaine and heroin still remain the street drug of choice for abuse. However fentanyl alone or mixed with other narcotics is taking over in terms of cause of deaths due to drug overdose. The researchers noted that between 2013 and 2016 there has been a 113 percent rise in fentanyl induced overdose deaths in the country.Dr. Hedegaard in a statement said, “The drugs most frequently involved in overdose deaths change quickly from one year to the next.” She added that many of these deaths are due to fentanyl or its combination with other drugs. Fentanyl is being combined with cocaine as well as heroin she said.Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times more potent than heroin and cocaine says the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). It is used for pain relief in patients with terminal cancer pain and as an adjunct to anesthetic agents. The DEA explains that when fentanyl is added to heroin, it potency is increased and drug users are being sold a combination of heroin and fentanyl as “highly potent heroin”. This means that many users are unaware that they are using a combination rather than heroin alone. This increased potency could also be a reason for deaths due to overdose, the DEA states.Related StoriesMeth in the morning, heroin at night: Inside the seesaw struggle of dual addictionCannabidiol reduces cue-induced craving and anxiety in individuals with history of heroin abuseLow rates of recommended treatment for tobacco dependence in patients hospitalized with SUDsThe CDC report states that the common causes of deaths due to overdose include fentanyl, heroin, hydrocodone (Vicodin), methadone, morphine, oxycodone, alprazolam, diazepam, cocaine and methamphetamine. Oxycodone was a top killer among drug users in 2011. Between 2012 and 2015 the leading killer was heroin and since then Fentanyl has been at the top position. Cocaine remains the second or third most common drug of abuse during this period between 2011 and 2017. Overdose deaths during the period of 2011 and 2016 due to heroin or methamphetamine has tripled write the researchers. Deaths due to fentanyl overdose were less than 1 per 100,000 in 2013 and has risen to around 6 per 100,000 in 2016. During this period deaths due to methadone overdose has dropped the authors of the report add.The team of researchers note that deaths due to suicides are mostly with prescription or over-the-counter drugs (commonly OxyContin, Benadryl, Vicodin and Xanax) but deaths due to drug overdoses is seen commonly with illegal drugs. The team notes that death certificates do not always clearly mention the exact drugs that led to overdosage and death.Experts have stated that there are other forms of fentanyl which are doing the rounds. These include carfentanil or butyrfentanyl etc. These are more potent than fentanyl. CDC statistics report that around 50000 Americans die each year from drug overdoses. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDDec 13 2018According to a new report from health officials, Fentanyl – a synthetic opioid drug, is surpassing heroin as cause of drug overdose deaths in the United States. The report was released 12th of December 2018 in the CDC’s National Vital Statistics Report. Prescription opioids. Image Credit: Darwin Brandis / Shutterstock read more