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Lakers Looking to Prioritize Sports Science, Rework Approach to Player Health

Sports science is taking over the game.

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the many professional teams beginning to realize the importance of sports science and plan to prioritize its development over this coming offseason and beyond.

According to ESPN, the team did not renew the contract of head athletic trainer Nina Hsieh who has been with the team for over a decade and expect to restructure their entire approach to player health. The move appears to be in light of Lakers players missing 201 games due to injury this season, including LeBron James who missed 26 of the team’s final 30 games and Anthony Davis who was forced to sit out of 36 games.

The team is focused on bringing on the right replacement for Hsieh who will lead the Lakers into a more modern direction.

Although the specifics are not yet clear, it is very likely that the Lakers next head trainer will look to revamp the team’s entire sports science department, while prioritizing workload management, efficient recovery techniques, and other modern ideologies in the field of player health.

A good move by the Lakers and many teams will surely follow suit.

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