I never had a stress reaction, the precursor to a stress fracture, in my right shin. According to North Carolina, that’s what Tyler Hansbrough has.
But I had a stress fracture in my left shin. And it’s a frustrating injury. You do what the doctor tells you, and stop running and stop putting pressure on the shin. Then you get bored and feel thick so you go out and run. And you’re fine and you’re fine and – and the pain returns.
I was training for a marathon, believed all the junk people told me about running through the pain, picked up a shin splint, and continued to run. After the marathon, I was diagnosed with the stress fracture. I was told not to run for six weeks. I obeyed for two weeks, even three. Then I felt fine. Hooray, I’m healed. So I ran. The stress fracture was merely lurking, and it came roaring back. This time I had to give up running for a full six weeks.
So listen to your doctors, Tyler. As badly as you want to charge up and down the court, that will be tough. We think of Hansbrough as a banger, and although undersized, he is. But you can’t find a big man in college basketball that runs the court as well as he does.
For a few days or weeks, however, they all will.