Injured vs hurt; when to sit out



June 20, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Last week Kevin Durant tore his right achilles tendon against the Toronto Raptors in game five of the NBA Finals. Should he have played… who knows. Only Mr. Durant knew the severity of his injury and how he felt. If he felt it was in his best interest to give it a go, and that he could perform his MVP caliber level of play, then why not. But more than likely, that was not the case. 

Durant was pressured from the media and fans to get out on the court to help bring the Warriors back from a 3-1 series deficit. Durant was listening to a lot of outside voices and perhaps worried about his legacy, or so it seemed. When it was all said and done, Mr. Durant was injured, not hurt. 

Many athletes play with bumps and bruises. It’s all part of being an athlete. Rarely are you going to feel one-hundred percent when competing. But as an athlete you have to understand what is limiting your overall capability. If you’re injured and are contemplating whether you should play, hold yourself back. The strain on your body is not worth it. 

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