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Occupational Hazard: McGrady, Carter and more

Updated: December 28, 2007, 3:44 PM ET
By Guy Lake | Special to ESPN.com

I have received several e-mails asking why players receive X-rays for injuries such as sprained ankles and knees. Why not just go straight to an MRI? The reasoning is if the injury is a sprain (ligament damage) or a strain (muscle or tendon damage), how could an X-ray provide any useful information? X-rays, after all, are not able to reveal damage to soft tissues like tendons or ligaments like MRIs. Hence, the oft-repeated phrase of trainers seen in newspapers every day: "X-rays came back negative." ...

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