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BID Injury Report

Is 'Injury Prone' Just Bad Luck?

Examining the Real Reasons Behind Frequent Sports Injuries



Former Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino



This year's flurry of deadline trades brought an end to outfielder Shane Victorino's days as in a Red Sox uniform. If you're like me, you'll remember him for his gutsy style of play and his postseason heroics that paved the way to the 2013 World Series championship.

But with much of his recent time spent on the disabled list - playing just 30 games last season and 33 this year before the trade - the team has already grown accustomed to filling out the lineup card without him.

Recurring injuries - and the frustrating "injury prone" label that often comes along with them - are a common theme for athletes, professional and otherwise. It turns out being injury prone is probably more than just the result of bad luck or aggressive play.

In recent months, one seldom read about Victorino without also reading about his nagging hamstrings.

"Statistically, you are much more likely to strain or tear a muscle or ligament, like a hamstring or an ACL, once you have torn it once," says Kathryn Grannatt, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID-Needham). She says that's only part of the science…

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Physicians at BIDMC do not treat Red Sox players and have no specific knowledge of player conditions.