My book editor is slightly crazy, and he gets on jags that I can’t talk him out of. His latest thing is the rash of oblique injuries. He says it’s the new “in” injury. With trepidation, his thoughts:
The news that our Joba and Brian Wilson of the Giants have strained oblique muscles got me thinking. As we watch sports and follow the news, we’ve become familiar – almost too much so – with news of pulled hamstrings and groins, tight calf muscles, torn ACLs or MCL’s, turf toe or plantar fasciitis. A mere tight shoulder sends shudders through the bullpen and front pages. Even if the younger set doesn’t remember Tommy John, we all know about his surgery, even if not what actually gets moved from where and attached how. We just know it takes a long time to recover.
So what is this oblique pull? Noblesse oblique? Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, o-blique? Okay, I’ll stop. Besides, I shouldn’t make you laugh (if I did) as the oblique covers the abdomen, and I can tell you, it hurts like the dickens.