Expert raises 'wear and tear' concern as injuries take toll on cramming Gilas just days before Fiba World Cup
With only a little over a month to prepare for the World Cup following a crammed PBA season, Gilas coach Chot Reyes has come up with a long list of tune-up games for Gilas Pilipinas in the road to Spain. Jerome Ascano

A WELL-KNOWN Filipino sports medicine expert has offered words of caution as a spate of injuries begin to take its toll on Gilas Pilipinas as it crams in its buildup for next week’s Fiba World Cup.

Jimbo Saret expressed alarm over the way injuries have hounded the nationals just as they approach the final stretch of a buildup packed full with tune-up games against top opposition shortly after a training camp in Miami.

“It’s really alarming. But there’s no other recourse, cramming na sila eh. Yan ang pros and cons ng situation ng Gilas,” said Saret, a Brigham-Young university trained fitness guru and the only MS Sports Medicine holder in the country.

“Pag kasi sunud-sunod ang laro, may risk ng wear and tear sa body ng players. Mataas ang epekto na magka-injuries,” he added.

With only a little over a month to prepare for the World Cup following a crammed PBA season, Gilas coach Chot Reyes has come up with a long list of tune-up games for Gilas Pilipinas in the road to Spain.

In a little less than a month since leaving the country, the team has already played two pick-up games in Miami, Florida, a scrimmage against the ACB selection in Vitoria, Spain, before it joined a four-nation pocket tournament in Antibes, France.

Gilas has now dropped five games in a row after a loss to Angola on Friday, with more tune-up games against Dominican Republic and Egypt still to come.

There could have been more tune-up games for the nationals had the scheduled showdowns with Angola (August 8) and Mexico (August 23), not been called off.

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