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“We’re training movements, not muscles.”

I know a lot of you get a kick out of stories about strength and conditioning (if only as a basis from which to criticize what Georgia is or isn’t doing in that area), so here’s something about the changes Derek Mason is implementing in that department at Vanderbilt.

“That goes back to his (NFL experience),” Vanderbilt junior safety Jahmel McIntosh said. “In the NFL, those guys play so many games and they take so much physical abuse in every game. That goes back to the durability. So we’re more focused on maintaining our body so we will be able to play every game every weekend and have fewer injuries. This strength staff is more focused about flexibility, mobility and explosion. The (last) staff is concerned about power, and there’s nothing wrong with that. … It kind of balances out great.”

There is a certain logic to that.  And you can’t quibble with the results they’ve gotten at Stanford, where Mason came from:  “Stanford witnessed an 87 percent drop in games missed because of injuries among players on the two-deep chart in Turley’s first six seasons through 2012.”

As I possess zero expertise in this area, I’m certainly not one to judge… at least not until there are some on the field results to analyze.  What say you?

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Tuesday morning buffet

Get your fill before signing news takes over.

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Yukking it up at the coaches’ convention, part two

Meet Sandra Chapman, self-described football nut and a former Texas cheerleader, who may not be a doctor, but plays a concussion expert at conventions, evidently.

“The myth is that brain damage is permanent,” she said.

Early recognition of a concussion is crucial, she said, and then athletes must be given plenty of time to get better and avoid the risk of further concussion. Chapman suggested that coaches treat players with concussions not much differently than they would one with a broken ankle or torn ACL by keeping them sidelined. If so, the long-term problems associated with concussions can be avoided, she said.

“In the majority of cases, athletes fully recover after a concussion, given proper care,” Chapman said. “If you were to read the front pages, you would not believe this is true. But it is.”

Chapman didn’t downplay the risk of head injuries from playing football and said that she initially didn’t want her own son to play the game. But the benefits of football – including improved self-esteem, the lessons of teamwork and exercise – can’t be overlooked, she argued. Rather than a health risk, she called football “health-enhancing.”

“Most [concussions] come from car accidents, and we’re not getting rid of our cars, as you know,” she said.

She even has her own word.

On the other hand, it was a little curious to hear a neuroscientist tout health benefits of football such as making teenagers less likely to engage in other risky behaviors, less likely to become addicted to video games and encourage better sleep. She even talked about “brainomics” – her own word – which she defined as “the high economic cost if we don’t encourage youth to play team sports.”

Maybe one day there’ll be a Nobel Prize for brainomics.  In the meantime, please be careful when you drive.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Hungry?

  • There is a Chris Conley-Georgia Tech-Dragon*Con joke lurking somewhere in this story, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna be the one to make it.
  • On the other hand, I think we all know this is something else Mark Richt has lost control of.
  • Another tale of amateurism“To be honest,” he said, “I didn’t feel like I was doing nothing wrong.”
  • Can you guess the only SEC head coach who wasn’t employed when he was hired for his current gig?
  • How smarmy is Urban Meyer?  Smarmy enough that I can’t mock a John Feinstein column related to college football.
  • Now this is some world-class trolling.
  • Shilling for himself in South Carolina, Rick Perry makes a funny about TAMU failing to beat Missouri.  Well, I’m sure somebody thought it was funny.
  • And here’s Athlon’s list of college football’s 20 worst coaches at great programs.  Georgia has fewer on the list than Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame or Southern Cal.
  • Loran Smith has a nice write-up of the Georgia Tech game.

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Friday lunch buffet

No turkey in this buffet.

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“The way it happened kind of reminded me of the Final Destination movies.”

Malcolm Mitchell tells Chip Towers he’s at as much of a loss to explain the rash of injuries the team has suffered this season as anybody else.

Q: So if I’m counting right, that’s seven knee injuries for the Bulldogs this season. Any thoughts that the team’s practice and training methods could be making guys more susceptible?

A: “I have no idea. That question comes up from everyone. For me, I just think it’s a freak accident that happens to somebody on every team. I just happened to be the person it happened to. Keith got hit. He’s been having knee problems all the way through. Justin, freak accident, just running and turning. I watched his and I don’t even see how that happened, and his was a lot more serious than mine was. He had other stuff done. Aaron’s happened when he was just running. You watch the play and you’re like, ‘where did it happen?’ Final destination, man.

“Our training program is the best it’s been since I’ve been here. Maybe it’s other things; maybe it’s not. I mean, everybody doesn’t do the same thing in the weight room or in conditioning. So you can’t blame it on that set-up. Everybody does something specifically for their position. Aaron works with Sherman (Armstrong). I don’t work with Sherman, Jay doesn’t work with Sherman or the person that I work out with. You can’t connect the dots to the weight room. And we’ve been doing basically the same practice routines since I’ve been here. So it has nothing to do with the way we practice or the way we’re lifting. Maybe there’s something we need to add? Or maybe it’s just freak accidents.”

It’s been a “shit happens” season.  Glad to see he plans on coming back next year.  Hopefully regression to the mean will be good news for the 2014 team.

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Tuesday morning buffet

Plenty of nourishment this morning…

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Tuesday morning buffet

Dig in, peeps.

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Stirring the pot on a Friday afternoon

I have no idea whether this guy knows what he’s talking about, but I figure anybody asking the musical question “How many times is UGA going to lose key player after key player before we stop attributing it to just ‘bad luck’?” deserves your attention.  Particularly this:

… So the UGA administration ditched Van Halanger and instead of hiring a qualified strength and conditioning coach, promoted Tereshinski in-house to director when he wouldn’t have even been looked at as an ASSISTANT based on his lack of appropriate education and/or certifications related to S&C. So now you have a guy running the strength and conditioning program with no background in exercise science/physiology, whose assistants are more educated than he is in proper S&C programming and protocols, and whom have to shut up and do what they’re told because he’s running the program. They brought over John Thomas from Penn State who is a “Master-level strength coach” as deemed by the CSCCa and has to work as an assistant under Tereshinski.

Can anyone with some expertise in the area or more direct B-M knowledge than I have (which is next to none, by the way) opine whether he’s speaking truth or just blowing hot air/wildly speculating?

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Sometimes you feel like a nut.

Serious question:  How many of you have stayed away from attending a college football game because of this?

“Nut allergies affect a sizable segment of the population and those people have to be very conscious of it at all times, in environments outside their control,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said in the announcement on the school’s website. “This special day will give many people that may never have attended a live sporting event the opportunity to experience Chicago’s Big Ten Team for the first time. Our entire football family is thrilled to be part of such a great initiative.”

In addition to peanuts not being sold at the game, they’ll also be prohibited from being brought into the stadium. The school says that the stadium will also “undergo extensive cleaning” to ensure that there are no peanuts anywhere on the premises.

I don’t know whether this is mockworthy, but I suspect Michael Adams has a V8 moment when he hears about it.

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