Gettin' Physical

What it takes to get in NBA shape

Body work: Charlie Ward sucks it up for the season ahead.
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Body work: Charlie Ward sucks it up for the season ahead.

All optimism aside, however, the reality of a compressed schedule coupled with the shortened training period will make players more susceptible to injuries. "It's unfortunate, but there will definitely be more problems this season like hamstring pulls and sore heels." says Dr. Lowe. "Given the tight schedule, there will simply be more chances for injury. The stronger athletes, the ones who have kept up their conditioning in the off-season, will deal with it better. But some are lazy. You'll see who they are in a month or so."

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