I’ve been trying to get an update on Josh Smith’s injury all day. I’ve had his father on the phone a couple of times, but each time he said they still were in the doctor’s office. At one point he said, “The knee’s fine,” but then said the doctor had just walked in back in the room.
I finally got an e-mail back from Kentwood coach Michael Angelidis who said the 6-foot-10 Smith, who has signed with UCLA, apparently has a partially torn patellar tendon.
“Will know more later,” the e-mail said, adding he is unavailable the rest of the night.
Smith, rated by some recruting services as the No. 1 high-school center in the country, suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of last night’s 63-41 loss to top-ranked Federal Way. The guy either knows his body awfully well or got a pretty good on-the-spot diagnosis from a trainer. After the game, he told reporters, “I might have strained my patellar tendon.”
I am not overly familiar with the anatomy of a knee, so I did some internet research on the patellar tendon. Basically, it’s a tendon that extends down from the quadriceps muscle in the thigh to the petella (kneecap).
As for treatment of a partial tear, it obviously depends on the severity of the tear. The research I did showed that many such tears respond well to nonsurgical treatment with physical therapy to strengthen the knee. A knee brace may be advised.
Of course without talking to the Smiths, there’s no way of knowing whether Josh will be sidelined for any length of time, if at all.
If any of my messages are returned tonight, I’ll update the blog. Otherwise, I’ll continue to follow up tomorrow.