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Zane Johnson able to practice, but still healing

Zane Johnson was able to participate in practice with the Hawaii basketball team on Tuesday, although it was only on a limited basis.

Johnson, the leading scorer for the Warriors, suffered an injury to his ribs in the second half of Hawaii’s 74-69 loss to nationally-ranked UNLV last Saturday. The Warriors had Sunday and Monday off, and returned to practice on Tuesday.

Hawaii will open its Western Athletic Conference season this Saturday, when it hosts San Jose State at the Stan Sheriff Center.

“I guess it’s the best thing that could have happened, to have this time off to rest,” Johnson said. “But I just have to keep getting treatment every day and be ready to play on Saturday.”

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 senior guard, was able to put up shots and participate in non-contact drills during Tuesday’s practice, but he stayed on the sidelines for the five-on-five drills.

“I got a good workout in,” he said. “It didn’t hurt too bad, so if I keep progressing, I’ll be able to play on Saturday.”

Johnson leads the Warriors with 15.1 points per game and 40 3-pointers. Hawaii is 8-6 entering Saturday’s WAC opener. San Jose State is 6-8.

4 Comments

  1. Did not know a rib could get separated but if the doctor said so then I guess that’s what it is. Is it similar to a separated shoulder? But from the way Zane has bounced back it doesn’t seem too serious. Hope one week is enough time for healing and it won’t bother his shooting or driving to the basket. I’m thinking coach will use Zane if needed. Would be best if the rest of the team can pick up for Zane and let him rest few more day so he can be 100%.

  2. zane needs to see a lomi lapa’au practioner. i sent info to the gibber but he has not replied.

  3. The ribs are connected to the sternum (breastbone) by bands of cartilage. Sometimes the bone can become detached from this cartilage. It is a similar injury in some respects to a fractured rib, but it often takes longer to heal fully.

    They can take 2-3 months to heal sometimes, depending on the severity. The rib can slip or “pop” out of place with various twists or movements. He’ll have to play through the pain as the shooting motion will be the most uncomfortable, but another hit to the ribcage could re-aggravate it.
    He’ll have a padded undershirt for added protection.

  4. a lomi lapa’au can reset the rib and recovery is shortened by weeks and months. i am proof.

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