Face it, no one out there appreciates injuries. The modern day NFL is overflowing with them and blame is shifted to any and all available parties.
Annually, the first guy to contract the role of scapegoat is usually the conditioning coach. It’s clearly because he is the guy that has enchanted powers and can prevent the human body from any damage in a sport that has more speed and strength than most. Every team in the NFL has a strength and Conditioning Coach and all of them deal with annual player injuries. The actual role of the certified strength and conditioning coach is to develop and utilize an exercise instruction program specifically geared to improve players’ performance. They also help athletes with injury prevention through utilization of proper mechanics inside their particular routines/skill position in the areas of strength, speed, endurance and power.
Realize, though, that while the human body is resilient, it does have limits. Bones, muscles and ligaments aren’t made of adamantium, folks; they break and tear. Think of this coach as a buffer – the guy that reminds players that while they learn to display their maximum strength potential, severe injury could occur (pushing too far could quite literally result in ripping tendons straight from the bone they’re attached to). He’s the one that harkens: balance, body awareness, stretch reflex and strength through self-consciousness. Oh, and he doesn’t work with bubble wrap.
Another liability element to the above coach/fall guy is the player himself. Some have the quick trigger finger to exclaim: he’s “made of glass,” “weak” and “a bust that can’t stay on the field.” In the Bill Parcells days, players were afraid to not play injured. Swelling, pain and decreased range of motion were excuses and if a skill player wanted to remain in the colors they were currently in, they dealt with all of the above and more. Limp after they big play was made, just go out and make a play. Physical toughness is one thing, but what about the mental side of that? Overcoming the physical aspect of an injury is only a fraction of healing. The psychological percentage of it is greater than most comprehend.
Another is what some refer to as the contract or money factor. Some look at it as the intelligent answer as to why the Friday injury report looks like it does for some teams. Organizations don’t want to lose a player for the long haul – especially when the ultimate goal is hoisting a silver trophy in February. Long-range plans are always perused when a big-time guy falls to the injury bug.
Fantasy owners don’t want to hear this, as they’re scrambling to replace a wideout or running back. This isn’t fantasy world, nonetheless. If the body doesn’t heal or repair itself enough (see: rest) before being stressed again, the chance of re-injury increases. So does the time off the field. Smarter teams and coaches hold players out until the healing is to the point of decreased risk of worsening the original injury – or, in some cases, possibility of a new one arising (think compensation). Smarter organizations will always have Plan B as well as a Plan C. The “next man up” mentality is there because of injury; it’s why there is a 53-man roster. Depth clearly matters.
Whatever your take on the yearly injury dilemma is (depending on your level of frustration), you cannot know any of the inner goings-on of the franchise, actual players and coaches and how exactly they go about investigating them; rest assured, they do.
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