Vitamin D Deficiency May Have Caused Kevin Ware’s Injury

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    University of Louisville’s sophomore guard Kevin Ware’s shocking injury in a freak accident on Sunday during an NCAA game against Duke University has many wondering how such a horrific injury could have occurred. Ware suffered a compound fracture in his leg. Many experts are lending their speculations on what caused this injury.

    The injury occurred during Ware’s attempt to block a three-point shot by Duke’s Tyler Thornton. Teammates and his coach were horrified after witnessing his “gruesome” injury which occurred near the Louisville bench.

    After a successful two-hour surgical procedure, Ware is being aggressively treated with antibiotics to prevent post-surgical infections.

    According to Dr. Dave Hnida from Denver’s CBS affiliate KCNC-TV, it is extremely rare it was to sustain a double-compound fracture of the lower leg in a basketball game. In fact, he has only seen injuries like this occur as a result of a car accident or war.

    A former New York Jets physician backed Hnida stating that Ware must have had pre-existing stress fractures for such an injury to occur on the basketball court.

    Tim Hewett, director of sports medicine research at Ohio State University, says that Ware’s injury can be attributed to a diet deficient in vitamin D and calcium. A lack of these nutrients can lead to more porous bones.

    Combining that deficiency with the wear and tear the body endures from playing basketball may have caused small stress fractures in the tibia and fibula bones in his lower leg which ultimately could have caused his bone to snap when he took a bad step.

    As revealed by NHANES III data on southern U.S. individuals, most African Americans have a deficiency in vitamin D in comparison to non-Hispanic Whites.

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