Shaquille O'Neal, Kristen Clement, Mateen Cleaves
PLAYER BIOS continued...
O'Neal was the first player in NBA history to be named Player of the Week in
his first week in the league. He was named to the All-NBA First Team in
1997-1998, to the All-NBA Second Team in 1994-1995, and to the All-NBA Third
Team in 1993-1994, 1995-1996, and 1996-1997. He has been the NBA Player of the
Month six times in his career.
Clement is the Lady Vols floor leader and emotional captain. Clement is
averaging 5.6 points and a team-high 3.5 assists. She is from the Philadelphia
suburb of Broomall, Pa.
Cleaves is a senior point guard and leader for the Spartans. He scored 18
points and had 4 assists in the final and had an incredible tournament. All of
his shots came before the injury.
WHAT IS AN ANKLE SPRAIN?
According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, ankle sprains
are the most common athletic injury. The bones joined in the ankle are
connected by ligaments as they form a socket in which the ankle joint moves.
When an ankle is sprained, a ligament is either stretched, partially torn, or
completely torn. Nearly 85% of ankle sprains occur laterally, or on the outside
of ankle joints. Sprains on the inside ligaments are less common.
An ankle sprain involves the stretching or tearing of a ligament around the
ankle. The injury occurs when the ankle is twisted or forced to bend in
directions where the tendons and muscles offer no support. There are three
grades of ankle sprains, and it is expected that O'Neal has a Grade 1 sprain,
while both college players have Grade 2 sprains. A Grade 1 sprain (mild)
involves a stretching of the ligament without a tear. A Grade 2 (moderate)
sprain usually involves a partial tear or a complete tear with moderate
symptoms. A Grade 3 sprain involves a complete tear with severe swelling,
tenderness, and bleeding.
The injury is diagnosed through clinical exam. Physicians can test the ankle
for pain and flexibility, and because the injury has symptoms very similar to
those of a fracture, X-rays are always taken as a precautionary measure. The
degree of injury can be found by clinical exam, patient feedback, and,
ultimately, an MRI.