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  1. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    Tuitt's injury and Takakeisho's, while involviing the same muscle, are entirely different. Tuitt's resulted in a torn pectoral tendon. Takakeisho's was only to the muscle itself. His tendon was not affected. The treatment for Tuiitt's injury was season-ending surgery. The treatment for Takakeisho's is rest, with the torn muscle eventually healing by itself. The only question will be how long it will take for that healing to be complete.
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    2019 a new record low most wins of the year ?

    Mitakeumi needs an 11-4 to reach 56 wins for the year. Because of his talent, that's possible. Because of his inconsistency, it may not be. Asanoyama must have a 12-3 which will be extremely difficult to achieve. It will take slightly more than a 9-6 average record for a rikishi to attain more than 56 wins for the year. What seems strange is that because of injuries, none of the yokozunas or ozekis (with the exception of Goeido who is a distinct long shot) will be able to do it. If Mitakeumi does reach or surpass 56 wins, he will achieve it with records so far of 8-4-3, 7-8, 9-6, 9-6, and 12-3. The fact that the most successful rikishi of 2019 will have will only have around 56 wins for the year seems very weird.
  3. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    There was a comment earlier about baseless speculation. I consider this to be a prime example of that. Where did you get that information? If you have specific knowledge that will back up your statement, please let us know.
  4. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    I can understand how oyakatas can control the lives of their rikishis. But I cannot understand how their medical treatment is also left pretty much up to them. The explanation probably is , "That's the way it always has been done". I believe that in the case of severe injury, sound medical advice should be given to both the rikishi and his advisors. Whether they care to do anything with such advice is another matter. I also believe that medical supervision should be present for rikishis with such injuries during training. Rikishis are strong-willed people who sometimes may do things that could hinder the healing process. Having a physical therapist or someone with similar knowledge present could help to direct their recovery. Wouldn't it have been wonderful if Kisenosato received proper medical attention and then had an expert guide his recovery? If that was the case, he possibly would still be Yokozuna Kisenosato instead of Araiso Oyakata.
  5. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    It the tendon is ruptured, surgery is the only treatment that could return the muscle to reasonably normal function. Takakeisho's tendon was not involved, so surgical treatment is not required. Kisenosato's tendon was ruptured yet for some reason, the injury was allowed to heal without surgical repair. Because proper treatment was avoided, the muscle was permanently weakened. Since he was a yokozuna, he could take as long as necessary to recuperate from surgery without any loss of rank. I have no idea (along with many others) why Kisensato's advisors and maybe Kisenosato himself made such a senseless and harmful decision.
  6. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    Thanks for the photos. The previous one didn't show the full extent of his injuries, especiallly how badly his arm was bruised. Even so, the diagnosis remains muscle injury with no damage to the tendon. If there was, I doubt that he would have the mobility to raise his left arm to the same approximate level as his right. In addition, he would presently be recovering from surgery, not working out on a dohyo. As for being back in training, I'm sure it's very mild. Probably the only reason he's doing it is to remain somewhat active. I'm certain that if he did anything to make his situation even slightly worse, his medical advisors would put a stop to it.
  7. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    The muscle involved in Takakeisho's injury was prmarily the pectoralis major. There was no mention of bicep bruising. Proximal refers to being near the point of attachment. In this case, Dr. Google seems to be talking about bleeding caused by the rupture of a tendon where the muscle attaches to the bone. Since Takakeisho's injury was diagnosed as a tear in the belly of the muscle itself without the tendon being involved, the ecchymosis was due to that and not the much more serious injury of Kisenosato. If he had indeed torn the the tendon at the top of his pectoralis muscle, the progress report following the injury would not come from his comments as he returned to training (at least somewhat). It instead would have come from surgeons who operated on the injury. I agree that words on Google or the rest of the Internet for that matter can be confusing. In the phrase "proximal arm ecchymosis", only the word "ecchymosis" is correct in this case. There was a lot of internal bleeding, but the photo shows that most of it is in the lower chest area. There seems to be very little in the arm and areas where the tendon is located. Therefore, "proximal" really doesn't describe this injury. It can best be explained as being distal to (away from) the attachment. Hakuho and Takakeisho were both very fortunate that their injuries only involved torn muscle tissue, not the tendons attaching them. They avoided surgery which may not have been completely successful. Kisenosato was not so lucky. For some reason, no surgery was done to repair his torn tendon and he had absolutely no chance of recovery.
  8. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    Because his treatment is much more conservative than Kisenosato's surgery would have been, Takakeisho would appear to me to have a better prognosis. He will return to action much sooner and should be in pretty good condition when he does. Surgery would have helped Kisenosato greatly, but I have no idea if his pectoral muscle would be as strong as it was before the tendon was torn.
  9. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    Kisenosato's injury involved tearing the tendon attached to the shoulder.. Notice that most of Takakeisho's discoloration from bleeding (ecchymosis) is located in the lower part of the muscle. The area near the shoulder isn't nearly as discolored.That indicates that his injury involves the belly of the muscle, not the tendon. There is an enormous difference between the two injuries. His course of treatment, like Hakuho's bicep injury, is rest. I see nothing wrong with his resuming training as long as it is done under medical supervision and there is absolutely no strain placed on the injured area. This injury occurred about a week and a half ago. The pectorailis major is a large muscle and Takekeisho is a very large human being, so an injury involving it is expected to visibly look pretty bad after such a short period of time. Two things are certain. The first is that the medical advice he's receiving is quite sound, allowing time to heal the injury and having him do nothing which would aggravate it. The second is that this injury will take quite a while to heal and he will be kyujo for Kyushu--and possibly for Tokyo in January as well.
  10. sekitori

    New Takanofuji Scandal

    I was wondering what the process is for the selection of tsukebitos for various rikishis. I have no idea what the criteria might be. The pairing of Yoshikaze and Tomokaze would seem to be ideal. At the other extreme, having Takanofuji or anyone like him supervise an inexperienced trainee would at best be a mistake and at worst, as in this particular case, a disaster.
  11. sekitori

    New Takanofuji Scandal

    When I saw my first sumo bout many years ago, one thing stood out. In many sports in the USA, the winner often celebrates his victory in ways I find to be disgraceful. Apparently, winning is not enough. You are almost expected to openly make sure to everyone of the fact that you did. But sumo was different. The winner squatted down and accepted his awards without any show of emotion. The loser bowed, also with no expression whatsoever. Once they were off the dohyo, they both bowed and left. Compared to my previous experience watching sports competition, I found this behavior to be amazingly civiilized. It reminded me of the legal phrase, "res ipsa loquitur" which translates to "the thing speaks for itself". In other words, there was a contest with a winner and a loser. That's all that mattered. This was a sport of gentlemen. I never questioned this basic concept. I actually think it's the best way by far to conduct competiton. But over the years, being from a totally different culture, I could never understand some of the thoughts behind it. One was of course, the way higher ranking rikishis and oyakatas were allowed to physically abuse lower ranking trainees. Another was the way serious injury was sometimes treated. Instead of getting the best treatment possible resulting in a possible severe loss of rank while recuperating, some injuries were allowed to heal with little or no treatment. I'm sure that way of thinking destroyed several promising careers. I wish they would bring back the kosho seido system where if a rikishi is injured during a honbasho, he can keep his rank if he is unable to compete in the following one. That seems perfectly fair. And I still can't figure out why women are not allowed on the dohyo, even when they could be of help in a medical emergency. I'm sure all these instances make some sort of sense to traditionalists who run sumo. They certainly have reasons for feeling the way they do. I just have no idea what they are. There are other "off the dohyo" things about sumo I can't begin to comprehend. This undoubtedly has to do with my total lack of familiarity with a foreign culture. If I have to give a grade for these aspects of sumo, this is what they would be: Sumo as a spectator activity---A+ Other "behind the scenes" aspects of sumo--no grade. I can't rate something I don't understand.
  12. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    I have heard of no official medical reports, but I just saw a YouTube video from Chris Gould who seems to know what he's talking about. His exact words were that Takakeisho "is out for six weeks with that pectoral injury". If his statement is even close to being accurate, it means that the injury was to the muscle itself, not the tendon. If that's true, Takakeisho's situation would be similar to Hakuho's torn bicep muscle where rest is the preferred form of treatment. If his injury is like Hakuho's, I would assume that six weeks will not be long enough for it to completely heal and that he could be kyujo for November. The good news is that surgery apparently is not required and although he may be a kadoban ozeki for the Hatsu basho, getting his eight wins should be no problem at all.
  13. sekitori

    Takakeisho injury update

    I'm repeating a post I placed in the Aki basho discuaaion topic. I deleted it because It belongs here instead. Since we have no idea at present of the severity of the injury (and it possibly may not be all that serious), my comments are nothing more than conjecture. For whatever they're worth, here they are: Unlike Kisenosato's injury where absolutely nothing was done to promote complete recovery, Takakeisho's will be handled using the best medical treatment possible. It could be that the injury, like Hakuho's bicep injury, affected the muscle itself and not the tendon attaching it to the shoulder. In that case. the treatment will most llikely be rest. If as in Kisensato's case the tendon is ruptured, surgery will be required. Whatever the treatment may be, he will not compete again until medical experts agree that the injury has completely healed. A very promising rikishi has gone through hell recovering from a knee injury and succeeding well beyond expectations. He now may possibly have to go through something similar again. Hopefully, this injury isn't as bad as it might seem. I wish him the very best.
  14. sekitori

    Enho - predictions?

    I totally disagree. I like small rikishis who must use superior techniques to overcome the size advantage of their opponents. I also don't care for extraordinarily huge rikishis who rely primarily on their weight to overpower their opponents. For those reasons, my favorites in the past were Mainoumi and Kyokudozan. At present, they are Enho and Ishiura. To me, the best things about the Aki basho were Ishiura's kachi-koshi and Enho's totally unexpected 9-6. For the reason I stated above, my third favorite rikishi is anyone who happens to face Ichinojo.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Since the henka is a highly evasive but perfecty legal move, I doubt if anyone can really fault a rikishi for using it, no matter what his record or rank may be. Rikishis should be taught to expect it against every opponent they face and if they lose by it, It's their fault for not recognizing it. Even yokozunas, who are expected to produce the best sumo possible, have used it. I remember that Hakuho, noticing that Kisenosato delayed the tach-ai several times, pulled off the best henka against him that I have ever seen. I didn't blame him for using it. I did however, blame his opponent for falling for it--literally. If the NSK frowns on the henka as being totally non-competitive sumo, there is a simple solution. Change the rule to state that at the tachi-ai, at least some form of sold physical contact must be atttained and have the gyoji and/or the shimpan enforce it. If they decide that a rikishi is at fault for evading contact, he will be disqualifed. I believe that the henka is a very interesting and useful strategy and I hope that such a rule is never created.