More on Hayes and Goins
Senior guard Eric Hayes and sophomore forward Steve Goins are expected to take the court tomorrow when the team begins its first official practice of the season despite injuries that limited each player since the beginning of the semester.
Hayes suffered a turf toe injury on his right foot while playing in a pickup game about two months ago. He said he didn't think much of the injury when it initially occurred and played again the following day. After persistent pain, he went to the team trainers and had them look at it.
"It hurts when you walk around," Hayes said. "You can't really bend your toe at all. When you bend your toe back, it's pretty much the worst pain you get. It's just a painful thing to walk around with."
Hayes wore a protective boot until two weeks ago and has been doing some light running since then.
"I haven't really tried to go full-tilt yet," Hayes said. "I've been doing a lot of (stationary) biking and a lot of elliptical-type things just to keep my conditioning up."
When Hayes takes the court for practice tomorrow he'll be wearing a customized orthotic device in his right shoe that will help support the toe, according to team trainer J.J. Bush. The device is called a turf toe plate and it consists of a piece of 20-gauge sheet metal.
"It's not very thick, but it's built into the orthotic so that it will help stiffen it up a little bit and take some of the pressure off when he hyperextends his toe," Bush said. "It limits the flexibility in his toe, so he can't push off on it as much."
Bush said turf toe injuries tend to linger for longer periods of time in basketball players, as opposed to football players, because of the surface on which basketball is played.
"Football players have a little advantage because they're on a soft turf or a grass field, so it will give a little bit," Bush said. "The disadvantage with basketball is it's a hard surface, and the way that the injury occurs is when they hyperextend their toe, so they bend it all the way back. In basketball, when you do that you're pushing off, so every time they push off, if it's a serious enough injury it's going to cause pain and it's going to reduce the amount of power that they're going to have to push off."
As for Goins, he underwent surgery in his home town of Chicago in August under the patella tendon in his knee to clear out some loose bodies that had built up since suffering a knee injury in high school.
Prior to the surgery, Goins said he had worked out for six weeks in College Park with the team's strength and conditioning coach, Paul Ricci, in order to improve his physical stamina. "My conditioning, that was the main problem last year," said Goins, who noted he lost "at least 15 pounds."
But once he went back home to Chicago and started working out with his former AAU coaches, the knee started giving him some problems. According to Bush, Goins saw a physician in Chicago, who referred Goins to an orthopedic doctor in the area. After undergoing an MRI exam, it was decided Goins needed surgery to remove the loose particles. Following the procedure, Goins could not return to the court until Oct. 5.
"He's rehabbing it pretty well," Bush said. "He's worked really hard the last couple of days, so we'll just have to see when we start practicing everyday whether he can do everything or whether we have to adjust it a little bit just based on how his knee reacts."
One last bit of injury news: Senior forward Landon Milbourne said he is completely recovered from ankle surgery he underwent in May. Milbourne said he "had a whole lot of problems" with the ankle last season, but that all is well now.
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