Friday, January 13, 2006

Lorenzo Mata's Injury: Diagnosis

The Daily Bruin reported earlier today that sophomore Lorenzo Mata suffered a fractured right tibia.

The Tibia or shin bone, in human anatomy, is the larger of the two bones in the leg below the knee.

However, a UCLA press release states the MRI revealed a "nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture" which actually involves the tibia and cartilage surface of the knee. See additional information on this of type of injury.

Mata will be out at least six-to-eight weeks, but once the fracture fully heals he is expected to resume full activity, according to the release.

Mata, only a sophomore, was averaging 4.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game, but more importantly he was providing the Bruins a toughness in the post it had been lacking the past few seasons.

In a key game against Arizona last week, Mata had 9 points and 7 rebounds after which coach Ben Howland said "I think it was Lorenzo's best game as a Bruin."

In just this season, Mata has suffered a concussion while practicing, lost two teeth in the Michigan game, and fractured his nose against Arizona St.

Not surprisingly to anyone, Mata's leg injury from the Washington St. game was the result of him hustling after a loose ball when he accidentally collided with teammate Jordan Farmar.

Mata is a Bruin fan favorite and has developed a cult-like following primarily due to his all-out hustle and toughness on the floor.

BBR wishes Lorenzo Mata a full and healthy recovery. We look forward to having him back in the Blue and Gold soon!


(photo credit: AP)


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