In a rather grim interactive feature (it watches like a dark documentary on Civil War atrocities), The New York Times shows how Nadal’s strength is destroying his left knee.
Injuries to Nadal’s patellar tendon in his left knee forced him to miss seven months of competition recently.
And a black & white, slow-mo sequence shows the large impact and contorted range of motion his left knee withstands.
The knee twists and contorts, his muscles strain to produce his vast flexibility, and his tendons struggle to support the force.
At one point in the motion of Nadal’s backhand, the Times surmizes that his left kneee is supporting a force that could exceed 1,000 pounds.
The video shows in detail how Nadal’s knee is unnaturally contorted, using fancy terms like medial meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament and patellar tendon.
But it’s the pressure exerted on his “fat pad” that causes the worst area of pain for Nadal.
Really? “Fat pad”? Is that the scientific term there, or did The New York Times just run out of steam?
I highly hope Nadal never actually sees this video. It might cause subconscious fear to creep into his game.
David Lynch, on the other hand, would have an orgasmic experience…
Kudos to John Yandell of Tennisplayer.net for the high-speed footage.