Georgia’s new strength and conditioning program and its relatively injury-free season: correlation or causation?
I have to admit I lean towards the former, since Georgia didn’t play in Knoxville this year. YMMV, of course.
Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple
I agree but I do think practicing hard has something to do with it, at least within our clubhouse since I have no idea how physical Florida and Tennessee practice. I always got the feeling that in the past years it looked like our team didn’t push themselves physically during the week, just judging by how our games tended to play out. Fatigue, focus, being flat….
That will always be a blend of the two. Naturally good conditioning can help reduce the number, and severity, of injuries but it is more than the freak timing of events that cause most injuries, imo. No way to eliminate through conditioning, but doing it right/better is a good thing to have. Given a choice, I would rather have Ol’ Lady Luck follow us/me around.
Yall done forgot about “Snakebit”.
No, 2013 will always be stuck in my “nightmare memory bank”. Have never seen a worse case of major injuries, to major impact players in a short period of time.
I’d rather be lucky than good. Ron Courson is the best in the business, hands down, and he’s on our side. And my understanding is that the new S&C staff is doing a great job (we never find out that they aren’t until they get fired and we’re talking up the new guys, though). I don’t know if there’s a leg workout you can do that will keep your knee from blowing out if someone puts a helmet on it, though. We’re getting a combination of great training and great medical care and we’ve also been lucky enough to avoid (knocking on wood) the types of collisions or body contortions that medical science can’t keep from injuring a player. It’s one of the brightest spots of 2016.
I think there must be something different about the training. Remember Murray and Mitchell’s ACLs were non-contact.
Those ACL injuries are a result of stepping incorrectly while changing direction. ACLs are not very strong. There isn’t really any training for that. What is absolutely preventable are all of those shoulder / rotator cuff problems the OL had under Stacy Searles. I won’t even attempt to think about what they OL would look like if Wynn, Kublanow, and Pyke were out with shoulder problems.
I would be happy to see our S&C staff return next season.
We’ve had a lot of turnover there.
Bama has seemed to have fewer injuries than most team, varios factor come into play conditioning, practice format, and I like what Smart said about bigger kids generally get dinged up less than smaller kids.
Of course the process will never fully remove the chaos or Knoxville factor.
“We’ve got some grown men up front that don’t let you run it,” Smart said. “We force you to throw it, and then we stop you throwing it.” -- The Athletic, 1/13/22
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