Injuries in Pro Football


I am not privy to the daily injury reports of any NFL team, so I only see what everyone sees in the popular press, but my perception is that “preventable” injuries are not declining. For me preventable injuries are muscle pulls. I even think some non contact ankle sprain s and knee sprains can at the very least be minimized. Our local paper, yesterday implored Jon Gruden, the coach of the Tampa Bay Bus to look into why they have had so many injuries. I do not know who the strength coach is there and I have no idea of what their program consists of, but the article made me think. Here are few of my thoughts: Today every NFL team has a strength coach and in most cases an assistant, but how many are allowed to do their job? How many of them really concern themselves with injury prevention? How many of the injuries are caused by the type of strength training they employ? What do they do to warm-up for practice and games? How many of their players employ personal trainers that have a different agenda than the club that pays the players salary? Just some food for thought.

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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