When it comes to injuries, one of the ways the NBA and NFL are in similar danger is with ankle injuries. Harm to that body area is why the San Francisco 49ers are now starting the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft in quarterback in the knockouts and why Patrick Mahomes completed Kansas City Chiefs’ 27-20 win Jacksonville Jaguars on one leg.
While being dealt with on Sunday, his foot got caught underneath his body and resulted in a high ankle sprain. Tony Pollard finds himself in a similar predicament in the Dallas Cowboys’ lost 19-12 However, for the San Francisco 49ers, he broke his fibula in addition to high ankle injuries.
Rules are given to protect players
Years ago, when a university email address was needed to create a Facebook profile, Terrell Owens was pulled down by a shoulder pad and suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligament. Former Dallas Cowboys safety player Roy Williams injured several players that season with that tackle, so a new penalty was created. A personal foul at 15 yards for what’s since been called a horse-neck tackle.
The NBA has also put in place some rules to protect its players from lower body injuries. In that sport, It’s not difficult to deliberately lower the opponent’s ankle. If the referee considers that a defender has stuck his foot too far below an attacking player attempting to make a jump, the offending player will be considered a flagrant foul.
In professional athletics, defenders must play with restraint. Of course, They are desperate to stop, but to keep order, boundaries must be drawn even if it seems like deliberately chasing a body part. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with what happened to Mahomes and Pollard on Sunday.
No one stepped in where Mahomes and Pollard were about to make their next move, and they weren’t pulled down by the shoulder pads. Shiny football uniform. The designs have gradually become tighter and more polished in the past 20 years. The jersey clings to the pad and one has better luck clinging to the opponent’s quads than to his pants to attempt a tackle.
Of course, players will sometimes slip on first contact with the cloth that is currently the adhesive on their body. If the result is defenders falling from the attacker’s hips to their ankles while attempting a tackle, that’s the price of the new technology. If the league has a problem with that, then the player can go back even though Pants have protruding hip pads and tops that can be taken off with a strong pull.
Sometimes these things just happen
Ankle sprains are one of the few football injuries that have little to do with violence of the game. One wrong step on the stairs and you, who is reading this article, may be lagging at work like Mahomes. The punishment of strangulation was carried out less than 20 years ago. The rule achieved its goal, but what happened to Mahomes and Pollard doesn’t meet those criteria in any way..
It sucks that an accidental footfall can decide a championship, but those are the breaking points in an industry where adults engage in physical competition for money.