Markelle Fultz Out Indefinitely
Let me start off by saying, I've been hard on Markelle Fultz since he entered the league. Like many others, I was not aware of the injury that he has had. To my knowledge, the 76ers never released details regarding his sudden shot change and the apparent loss of shooting ability. Well, it appears Markelle is suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
According to the mayo clinic,
A thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders that occur when blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers.
Common causes of thoracic outlet syndrome include physical trauma from a car accident, repetitive injuries from job- or sports-related activities, certain anatomical defects (such as having an extra rib), and pregnancy. Sometimes doctors can't determine the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome.
Treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome usually involves physical therapy and pain relief measures. Most people improve with these approaches. In some cases, however, your doctor may recommend surgery
The near future does not look too bright, Fultz has been suffering from this injury for some time. We have seen other professional athletes overcome some unfavorable odds and hope he can be another. For now, I will ease off the criticism, but Fultz should take some time to try to fully recover, he is still very young at age 20 and he can have a lot of basketball years left in him.
Photo: Mitchell Leff (Getty)