Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple

Today, in the difference between correlation and causation

From Seth Emerson:

Injuries: Or lack of them. The only player to suffer a season-ending injury before December was punter Marshall Long, and that was nine games in. As late as the Florida game, on Oct. 29, the Bulldogs had every single starter and every key reserve as well.

How much credit does the new S&C staff deserve for that remarkable turn of events and how much should we attribute to sheer, random luck?

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I got ‘yer meaningless right here.

The best college football Tweet of 2016 may very well have come at almost the last possible minute.

The wussification of ‘Murica continues.

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Today, in bowl season news

This header absolutely RULES.

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Bigger, faster, stronger — a continuing series

As someone who is occasionally bummed by college football turning its back on tradition, it’s reassuring for me to see that S&C happy talk is still on the menu in Athens.

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To your continued good health…

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.

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Alabama’s gift to the college football world

For once, it really is about something good for the kids.

Instead, it essentially took another month for the magnitude of what had been accomplished to start becoming apparent.

It was Oct. 10. Georgia was playing Tennessee, and Bulldogs star running back Nick Chubb suffered his horrific knee injury near the sideline. In addition to the replays, CBS had an overhead camera and another nearby that caught every moment as the medical staff tried to help him. Chubb‘s agonizing pain was on full display for the world to see, even after being helped to the bench.

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Later that evening, Alabama was hosting Arkansas, and Crimson Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland was shook up during a play. As he headed toward the sideline, ESPN reporter Holly Rowe zeroed in when the tent sprang up.

“Her jaw just dropped,” Allen said.

Ragland turned out to be OK and returned to the field, and the tent became the story. When she finally got a chance to talk with Allen near the end of the game, her first question was, “What in the world is that?”

It was an immediate hit with the players.

“I love having that privacy,” senior linebacker Reuben Foster said. “I don’t want anybody from back home worried about me or nothing, or somebody to say the wrong thing because it’s really nothing. Just go out there, get an oil change and just come on back out.”

The tent had other advantages that had not been anticipated. As the season progressed, Allen and the other Alabama trainers found that the players were more comfortable and honest when shielded, and fans weren‘t yelling for them to “suck it up” and get back on the field. He especially saw a difference when dealing with concussion issues.

Fans can be such a classy bunch.

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UGA and CTE

I don’t know about you, but I find this report showing that Georgia has had more confirmed cases of CTE reported than any other program in the country but one disturbing.  I don’t mean that in the sense that there’s something specifically bad going on in Athens that’s the cause for that, but, rather, simply this:

“This information is being released to raise awareness that CTE is not just an issue for professional football players,” said Chris Nowinski, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. “The data should not be interpreted to say that players from these schools are at greater risk than other college players. Instead, the data shows the widespread reach of this disease, and the commitment by the alumni and their families of these schools to support CTE research by participating in brain donation.”

Courson is one of the best in the biz at what he does.  Whatever sins you might want to lob in Mark Richt’s direction, not caring about his players’ health wasn’t one of them.  Yet here we are.  That’s both a little sad and a little scary.

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