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Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple
A warm buffet for a cold morning.
- I’d say stay classy, Auburn, about this, but what’s the point? (UPDATED: Spencer Hall has some advice about dogs for Auburn players.)
- More from the annals of stay classy.
- Want a pretty good tell that a kid isn’t going to commit to your program? This is one.
- Here’s a look at Georgia’s 2015 signees on the offensive side of the ball.
- Year2 checks out luck in the SEC, 2014 edition.
- Kansas is going to experiment with the use of impact-sensing mouthguards to monitor concussion risks.
- Phil Steele projects Georgia to crack the preseason AP Top 10. (And you can click here if you want to listen to Steele and Schlabach discuss preseason Top 10 lists.)
- Will the pop pass survive the new downfield blocking rules? Ian Boyd says yes, somewhat.
Yesterday, Georgia hosted a forum about the health and safety of college athletes Tuesday at the Georgia Center. Ron Courson spoke, and the subject quickly turned to Georgia’s strength and conditioning program and what, if anything could be done to lessen the risk of knee injuries that it seems the Dawgs have suffered a rash of in recent seasons.
Courson, to his credit, got pretty specific with his answer.
… he acknowledged that Georgia has re-evaluated all its training techniques and has introduced some new ones in hopes of preventing ACL and other injuries in the future.
“A lot of it goes back to the science of strength and conditioning,” Courson told the student. “Traditionally a lot of things have been done in strength and conditioning just because that’s the way it’s always been done. We did heavy squats because they’ve always been done that way, and we ran and did a lot of other things because it has always been done that way. I think we’ve got to advance with sports science.”
It seems Richt had some specific things in mind with the hire of Tereshinski’s successor.
… The Bulldogs in December hired Mark Hocke from Alabama to take over their football strength and conditioning program. And one of the techniques that they’re implementing is something called proprioception. In general, proprioception is the awareness of the position of one’s body and, in sports training, it incorporates a lot of balancing techniques into training exercises.
“That’s one thing we found out (helps), learning how to land coming off a jump,” Courson said after the 90-minute program. “Because most ACLs are non-contact. The contact things we can’t do a lot to prevent. But the non-contact things we can. There’s a lot of things we can do from a strength and condition standpoint. We tried to sit down with Coach Hocke and our strength staff and tried to look at what areas we wanted to focus on. For example, we may want to put more emphasis on hamstring, we want to put more emphasis on shoulder and rotator cuff or balance and proprioception. If we can identify trends and factors, it helps us to be better at trying to prevent.”
That they’ve thought hard about the problem is good. Whether this leads to healthier results is the big question now. Malcolm Mitchell, who was also at the forum, is skeptical and doesn’t think Georgia’s training regimen has contributed to his knee problems.
“An ACL isn’t a muscle. I can’t make it stronger. I can make the areas around it stronger and hopefully that prevents the injury. But you still have a chance of that happening. You just look at how Keith (Marshall) got hurt. Was that preventable on his behalf? The way I got hurt, the only thing that was preventable was if I wouldn’t have run down there (to celebrate with Todd Gurley). For Todd, how preventable was that”
“So I’m not sure ACL has one distinct motion or one thing that hurts you. It’s so varied in the way it can happen, you never know. So I don’t think as of right now. There’s nothing that proves that. The only thing that’s been proven is you can recover from it.”
Courson seems to agree to some extent, as he notes that the recent swell of ACL problems is somewhat cyclical. But if there’s anything to be learned from studying what’s happened and there’s a course of action that can cut the risk even a little, it’s worth pursuing. The best part to take from all of this is that there seems to be a different attitude now about what to expect out of strength and conditioning. We’ll see where that goes this season.
UPDATE: The ACL stuff isn’t all Mitchell is cynical about.
Mitchell didn’t indicate any huge immediate changes under the new strength staff, other than “they’re hyped up all day” by virtue of their youth.
“Working out is working out,” Mitchell said. “How tough it is? They’re gonna make it challenging. But at the end of the day it’s just working out to get better. You just do what they say and hopefully you get better.”
Sometimes, it’s not an oxymoron.
The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports recommended extensive changes to the NCAA’s drug-testing policies when it convened in mid-December in Indianapolis.
The committee’s recommendations, which will be further developed into a formal legislative proposal, were twofold: first, strengthen the NCAA drug-testing program for performance-enhancing substances; second, development of a shared model of deterrence for recreational drug use (e.g. marijuana, alcohol and opiates) with a focus on educational programs instead of a traditional testing model. Under this approach the responsibility for deterrence will be shared between the NCAA and member schools. Use of recreational drugs should absolutely be discouraged, the committee members said; but because they do not provide a competitive advantage, alternative approaches to testing should be developed.
I suspect this approach was spurred by the suspension of Oregon’s Darren Carrington before the national title game, but whatever works.
It raises an interesting question with regard to the home team, though. What happens if the NCAA proposes something that is less stringent than Georgia’s recreational drug policy? Remember, we’re the institution on a mission to bring the rest of the college football world up to the standards of the Georgia Way. Would the school stand firm if the rest of D-1 adopted a uniform drug policy that was less harsh?
I’m not sure I want to hear the answer to that.
As you’ll see, it’s never too early to assess the 2015 season.
- The most eloquent argument against the CFP you’ll read today: “To the speaker, I just want to point out I said there are going to be some things that we agree on…”. Gah.
- If Obama really wants to worry about doing right by college athletics, he ought to start by reading this.
- Jerry Palm is bummed that the postseason field won’t be bigger soon.
- The NCAA is thwarted in its attempt to get its hot little hands on the Penn State penalty money. Again.
- Georgia finishes ninth in the AP and Coaches Polls. And sixth in the Massey Football Ranking Composite. Hey, realists, does that make the 2014 Dawgs the worst top ten team of all time?
- ESPN’s “experts” project the 2015 playoff field. (David Hale shows a little Dawg love.)
- Team Speed Kills shows you where SEC recruiting stands a month out from signing day.
- Speaking of signing day, it sounds like the Conference Commissioners Association is close to recommending an early signing day for college football, probably in mid-December.
- ESPN’s first SEC Power Rankings of 2015 have the Dawgs on top.
- And on the seventh day, ESPN rested: “Ohio State’s 42-20 victory over Oregon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – generated a 18.5 overnight rating, the highest metered market ever for ESPN according to Nielsen.“
- If you’re still interested in this kind of stuff, here’s Mark Schlabach’s first crack at a top 25 for 2015.
- Loran Smith, of all people, asks the obvious about player compensation: “If the institutions are greedy and their coaches are greedy, why shouldn’t the players be?”
- Non-football, but Benjamin Franklin wanted to do something about farting. Really.
Lots of stuff to sample today.
- Mark Bradley scores an interview with Greg McGarity and it comes out about as you’d expect, as McGarity fences well with Bradley’s questioning. But it’s interesting to me that McGarity believes he won’t have a tough time pulling the trigger on Richt’s Georgia career, if things come to that, because he’s “had to do it five times already with very popular sports here — gymnastics, baseball, soccer”. Yes, your flagship athletic program is just like those others.
- And in another AD interview, Jeremy Foley describes the breaking point for the decision to fire Will Muschamp: “There was a lot of negativity that was going to be hard to overcome, especially in recruiting. This business is hard when a big ball starts rolling downhill and you have to catch it and roll it back up the hill.” That one I buy.
- A federal judge rejected the NCAA’s preliminary settlement in the concussion case, in part over concerns about the adequacy of the settlement amount. Cue the PR response: “NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the association is reviewing the decision.” Hey, at least there was a response.
- You’ve probably heard that Leonard Floyd won’t play in the Belk Bowl because he’s had shoulder surgery. Check out Richt’s comment: “We wanted to give [Floyd] the maximum amount of time to be prepared for his senior year…” Think they care about that if Georgia were in the CFP semis?
- Feel free to insert the usual “Mark Richt has lost control” snark here.
- This will come as a blow to Georgia fans yearning for Gary Patterson. The man was already making in excess of $4 million a year and TCU just gave him an extension with a presumed bump to that amount. Care to count how high you’d have to go to make him consider a move to Athens? (Assuming a Georgia Way discount, of course.)
- Bill Connelly explores the predictive value of second-order wins.
- Speaking of Bill, he estimates that he’s written something on the order of one and one-half million words this year. I am in awe, sir.
- Here’s an article on Bobo’s job interview at CSU, from the Colorado side. One point of interest: “The fact Florida, considered to be a deep-pocketed athletic department with considerable cash reserves, balked at paying McElwain’s $7.5 million buyout could have a chilling effect on upwardly mobile coaching prospects not willing to commit to making Colorado State their final stop.” Does that mean Bobo’s interest is an attempt to leverage more money out of Butts-Mehre, or does he offer to take a discount on his proposed CSU salary to get a manageable buyout amount? (Bonus question: which do you think Butts-Mehre would prefer?)
“But we’re gonna be making a new move in that direction and we’re excited about where we land with it.”
Mark Richt tells Seth Emerson what he’s looking for with the next head of strength and conditioning.
“The bottom line here is we believe in playing a physical brand of football on both sides of the ball,” Richt said. “We want to be able to play physical. There’s certain teams that you play that will be teams that will pound the ball or have a physical style of play. We certainly have a physical style of play on offense, with also the ability to throw the ball as good as anybody. We’re very balanced in what we do. So it’s going to be important there.
“But there are some teams that spread and go fast. So we want to be able to be physical, but recover quickly and go be physical again. And so that’ll be a big part of what we’re doing, is to train our team to be able to handle anything that could possibly come up in a ballgame, as far as the physical part of it as well as the mental part that comes with it. It gets developed in your offseason program.”
In other words, he wants it all. Nothing wrong with that!
Seriously, I get what Richt’s saying. And with the variety of offenses Georgia faces in the SEC, he’s right to want that kind of flexibility. What’s important to see here is the implicit recognition that he wasn’t getting that with Joe T’s program. It will be interesting to see the background and philosophy of Richt’s next hire. I think most of us believe Georgia has some catching up to do with its peers.