Many athletes have tight muscles, that lead to injuries. It has to be looked at from an individual's perspective. This could be bad training as well. Look at Ware, whose constantly getting neck stingers and shoulder issues. Prior to these injuries and now, he has the classic signs of poor upper body posture that can cause issues. Inward rolled hands signifying tight chest and forward shoulder. This quashes shoulder joint and cause impingement. Over the long run it leads to things you are seeing now with him. Just because your an athlete doesn't meant you don't have bad habits. Problems that can mask issues for athletes may include pain killers. They don't resolve the issue, they mask it.