The NBA Playoffs have started and in the first game reigning MVP Derrick Rose tore his ACL.
Hit the jump for my thoughts…
Afterward, one of Nike’s head designers – Jason Petrie – tweeted some things about the injured star which stated that if Rose would have signed with Nike this wouldn’t have happened. Competition is abundant within the sports world and even more so between rival sportswear companies. Personally, I feel that what was publicly stated by Petrie is something that should only be discussed amongst friends and not with the rest of the world as when you are a public figure – especially for a giant company such as Nike – you end up leaving yourself (and the company) wide open for criticism. On the other hand, all is fair in love & basketball, right?
One thing I will say is that being a designer of performance footwear, you should already be aware that knee injuries are rarely – if ever – caused by the sneakers you wear. There are thousands of ankle injuries per year that are directly related to footwear but very rarely are knee injuries ever associated with such a thing. When you put your body through as much torment as professional athletes do along with their size and weight you are bound to injure something sooner or later. Rose is fast… very fast… combine the torque applied to such an isolated area with such sharp movements and an awkward landing and an ACL tear is bound to happen… no matter what shoes you are wearing.
The above video features Jstar25 and what his thoughts on the subject are. I have to say, I agree with everything he said. Most importantly, its imperative to stay professional when you are on something as openly social as Twitter or any other online social media platform otherwise you willingly throw yourself into a media frenzy as this is the type of stuff they live for.
I also wanted to leave you with this one thought… Ankle injuries are one of the most common in sports & Nike is the leader in footwear sales… instead of taking shots at another brand over an injury your footwear cannot prevent, maybe you should take a look at your own performance models and see what you are doing wrong to help further prevent injuries.
What are your thoughts on the subject? There is no right or wrong answer as your opinion is yours to make so feel free to let me know.