Lakers: The science of Austin Reaves hitting the rookie wall, explained

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Lakers rookie Austin Reaves has had a great season when you look at the whole year, going from an undrafted rookie on a two-way contract, to one that shows enough promising signs in the league. summer and only a pre-season player’s camp to earn a guaranteed contract, to get minutes on the spot in a team with championship aspirations (at the time, don’t flood my mentions please please) to earn a starting role and now be seen as a key player for the franchise going forward.

However, the season didn’t go smoothly, particularly from late February to late March when Reaves hit the proverbial ‘rookie wall’ – for more on that in Austin’s own words, be sure Be sure to check out this great piece by Jacob Rude – before later pushing to finish the season strong, including becoming the fifth Lakers rookie to achieve a triple-double.

But the idea of ​​a “rookie wall” is not new. It’s something that’s discussed every season as it goes. However, is there any real science that backs this up? I explained in the following video.

So the next time someone brings up the “rookie wall” at the water cooler, feel free to be THAT person who launches into a scientific explanation as all of your co-workers walk away shaking their heads and mumbling “Man, we just wanted to talk about basketball.”

Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT, holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University and runs his own practice in person and online. sports medicine and performance business3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA, in which he further combines his movement skills and fitness training. He also works in a hospital – which gives him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post-stroke, post-brain injury) – and has been practicing for 4 years. Brar also trains at UCLAConscious Consciousness Research Center (MARC), has training in youth basketball coaching and analyzes the Lakers from a medical and skills perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.

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